You see the posters in airports, bus stations and rest stops around the country. A child, always female, often white, sometimes bound. An alarming headline: “Someone in your state was just sold” or “Human trafficking: It could happen to anyone.”
Underneath the picture is a worrying statistic, a list of warning signs, a hotline number or all three. And always, at the end, the same plea to travelers: If you see something, say something.
Over the last two decades, human trafficking has become one of the most prominent social issues in America. , and train their employees on how to spot victims. Nonprofits enlist celebrities to spread on social media. Last week, just after the close of Human Trafficking Awareness Month,