Whether it be raising funds for an animal shelter or volunteering at a local church, Carter Mario’s statewide community outreach program, CarterCares, provides an opportunity for each of the firm’s six offices to select charities and organizations they would like to help and give back to. One such organization that Carter Mario attorney Jessica Ayala brought to the firm’s attention was Love146, an international human rights organization that is working to end child trafficking and exploitation through survivor care and prevention.
In an effort to spread awareness of this organization, attorney Ayala was joined by Carter Mario’s Marketing Director, Alex Mario, and Executive Director of Love146, Amy Casavina Hall, on WTNH’s CT Style. If you missed the segment, you can watch it below.
For 17 years, Love146 has worked hard to provide effective and thoughtful solutions in the fight to end child trafficking and exploitation. While many believe this to be an international problem, Ayala stresses, “this is something that happens in our backyard.”
Amy Casavina Hall, Executive Director of Love146, says that since 2014 the organization has worked with 500 youth in Connecticut that have been trafficked or that were being groomed for trafficking. When asked for a tip on what parents or caregivers should be aware of, Casavina shared that a majority of the youth that they have worked with met their trafficker through social media. She says that one of the most important things is to be educated and aware.
Risk Factors and Recruitment Tactics
According to 2018 statistics from the National Human Trafficking Hotline, the five biggest risk factors for human trafficking include:
- Recent migration/relocation;
- Substance use;
- Unstable housing;
- Runaway/homeless youth; and
- Mental health concerns.
The top recruitment tactics for sex trafficking include things such as a job offer/advertisement, a false promise/fraud, and even a marriage proposition (the most commonly used tactic). For labor trafficking, these tactics include things such as a job offer/advertisement (the most common), false promises/fraud, and coercion.
From 2017 to 2018, the number of cases of human trafficking increased by 25 percent. From phone calls, texts, and web chats, to web forms and emails, the Hotline was contacted more than 41,000 times in 2018, with almost 11,000 cases of human trafficking reported and more than 23,000 survivors identified.
Are You a Survivor?
Aside from being informed, there are points of access that can potentially help those impacted. If you believe that you or someone you know is in danger, call the National Trafficking Hotline right away at 888-373-7888. This hotline serves to connect victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking with services and support to get help and to stay safe.