Human Trafficking

Type “Human Trafficking” into a search bar and you will receive contact information for help for individuals who are trafficked in the United States. The phone number is set up, operated and funded through a division of Polaris Project.

The Weiner Family Foundation has given yearly to support this 24/7 phone line due to the importance of this cause to every member of the Weiner Family.

Local organizations who contribute to the eradication of human trafficking may apply for funding.

“The fact is human trafficking is happening right here, right now, in the United States, probably in any city where anybody lives. Just because you don’t know anything about it doesn’t mean it’s not happening.”

– Vicki Zito
Mother of Survivor

Human Trafficking is a criminal business that profits from enslaving people for sexual servitude and forced labor. It is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world today (second only to drug trafficking and tied with illegal arms), according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

U.S. Statistics:
• The average entry age of American minors into the sex trade is 12-14 years old. (1)
• Many victims are runaway girls who have already suffered sexual abuse as children. (2)
• Foreign nationals are also brought into the U.S. as slaves for labor or commercial sex through force or fraud. (3)

[1] The National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking:
America’s Prostituted Children, Shared Hope International, May 2009.
[2] The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Efforts to Combat Crimes
Against Children, Audit Report 09-08, January 2009.
[3] Trafficking in Persons Report, U.S. Department of State, June 2011.