In October of 2016 the U.S. State Department released the first-ever report written by human trafficking survivors. The document features 11 survivors of sex and labor trafficking.  A sex trafficking survivor told the news organization The Huffington Post that, “For the first time in the history, we [survivors] will be able to help.”

This is significant because it allowed survivors to give their voice to help combat human trafficking in the United States.

Below are 5 messages recommended by survivors to the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking Annual.

1. Ensure Law Enforcement is Trained in Anti-Trafficking

2. Create Public Awareness Campaigns That Reflect Diversity of Tracking Victims 

3. Provide Support Services to All Types of Trafficking Survivors

4. Increase Funding to Investigate More Industries For Labor Trafficking

5. Help Survivors Get on Track for Success in Work and Life 

Forms of Abolition:
Awareness, Empowerment, Policy Making

Forms of Slavery:
Forced Labor, Sex Trafficking