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Authorities Warn That Holiday Shopping Is Prime Time For Human Trafficking Recruiters

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Authorities Warn That Holiday Shopping Is Prime Time For Human Trafficking Recruiters

Authorities Warn That Holiday Shopping Is Prime Time For Human Trafficking Recruiters

As many people can agree, the holiday season is one of the best times of the year. However, it can also be an extremely dangerous time because of human trafficking.

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Authorities across the country are putting out an extra alert to folks who are doing some holiday shopping, letting them that this is the prime time for human trafficking recruiters. A few social media posts have also been circulating, warning people of suspicious activity; with law enforcement reminding everyone to practice personal safety on a daily basis, WMFB News reports.

Authorities in South Carolina are letting folks know that anyone can become a victim of human trafficking. The HCSO even shared a few safety tips to keep in mind while people are out-and-about like; not carrying too many bags, making sure your keys are in your hand, keeping purses closed so others can’t see what’s inside, and also to be sure to park in areas that are well-lit.

“Young people can be approached by older women or some guy asking if they want to model for instance or if they want to earn some extra money, so they might fall victim. And that way, it could be a human trafficking thing,” HCSO Lt. Sherri Smith said. “It could be some other kind of scam but we just need to make our young people aware that people like that are not up for anything good.”

As the news channel noted, The National Human Trafficking Hotline is a 24/7, confidential, multilingual hotline for victims, survivors, and witnesses of human trafficking.

The hotline can be reached:
* By phone: 1-888-373-7888
* By email: help@humantraffickinghotline.org
* By text: text HELP to 233733 (BEFREE)
* Online chat: www.humantraffickinghotline.org

Press Play Below For More On Human Trafficking Awareness:

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