There's a movie out with Nicholas Cage called “Frozen Ground” that showed how just one man was hunting and killing us for sport while police turned a blind eye up in Alaska. While the reality is that we had a record number of these maniacs running around back then. I mean look at the Green River Killer and how many 100's of prostitutes he murdered before he was finally stopped over a traffic citation!
Now don't get me wrong please - I love the National Trafficking Hotline for what they do. When it comes to their work with human trafficking - it's outstanding. I don't know anything about "human trafficking" like with these farm workers, blood diamonds, construction, etc. If you speak only Farsi and you need to speak to someone at 2:00 a.m. - they're fantastic. I have to struggle with translation software! But pretty much when it comes to sex trafficking - the victim has to call for help themselves to get help. No where I come from - most victims of trafficking by definition CAN'T call for help themselves. Especially now that pimps will monitor every phone call in and out of their phones, gps their cars so they know where the victim is going at all times, and most of the hard core victims aren't left alone with a phone TO call for help. I know I've been in situations where I've not been left alone for two seconds, even to pee, so how would I call someone for help? Then from what I've seen, and been told, most who do call are referred to "task forces" that may, or may not, exist in that city this person is in. So far every "task force" that I've contacted is law enforcement. The calls either go right to the police station, or there's the chief of police as "head of the task force" which is also about the same as calling the police. Now since I've been working with traffickers for a few years now that ARE law enforcement, friends with law enforcement, retired law enforcement who use active law enforcement to help them control the victims and blackmail the clients - well this poses a problem. It's like telling me I have to call the fox to come rescue the chickens. It creates a problem. One that we can get around easier since we're not law enforcement, nor "professionals", so we have a lot more leeway. For example, I've pretended to be the cleaning lady to get inside of a massage parlor, get the keys to the back door, and let everyone out to a car waiting for them in the parking lot. Cops can't do this kind of thing that I'm aware of. So I'm just saying that in many cases if you're a sex trafficking victim - then calling the Trafficking Hotline is about the same as calling the police which in many cases for American victims is like calling your trafficker to help you escape trafficking. Doesn't work. Then the poor victim walk around thinking "I don't have any other options" which isn't true. They just don't know about calling us to get more options is all.