Exposing the Dangers of Human Trafficking for National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Top Quote Dionne “Dee” Coleman has been the Executive Director of Samaritan Village since 2016. She spent the last 10 years of her career working in the nonprofit sector, in both state and local levels, in various project management, marketing and development roles. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) January 09, 2021 - January is National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Human trafficking happens when a person or organization extorts others--either through fraud, coercion or force--to perform labor, services, or commercial sex against their will. It’s a crime that is punishable by law and one that, to this day, affects millions of Americans, most especially the marginalized sector of the society.

    According to the Department of Defense, human sex trafficking allows perpetrators to make about $99 billion per year with 4.5 million people worldwide falling victim to this sort of exploitation. Meanwhile, those who force over 21 million individuals all over the world to perform labor under inhumane circumstances and without pay make about $51 billion per year.

    “Human trafficking is a very serious issue that prevails today and we hope that this National Slavery & Human Trafficking Month, more people will take the initiative to learn about how they can help prevent this from happening not just to themselves but to those around them,” says Dionne Coleman, executive director of Samaritan Village.

    “And if you think that it can’t happen to you--think again. Most of the women in our care had the same mindset before they were forced into the traumatic experiences that broke their souls. These are women who lived in nice neighborhoods, went to schools, and had a bright future. But one instance changed the course of their lives forever.” she adds.

    According to, 80% of adult women who are victims of human trafficking are captured during big sporting events, like the Super Bowl. And while the government is doing everything it can to curb the crime, perpetrators still find ways to abduct victims.

    “We all need to work together to put an end to this. It’s not just the government’s problem. Everyone should know how to respond if something like this happens to them or someone they know. We all need to be educated and there is information out there available, it’s just that many choose not to pay attention.

    This National Slavery & Human Trafficking Month, we urge everyone to familiarize themselves with information that can help save someone’s life, including learning the indicators of a possible human trafficking. If you suspect that someone may be falling victim to this crime, call the 24-hour National Human Trafficking hotline 1-888-373-7888 or report it to law enforcements by calling 911.”

    About Samaritan Village
    Samaritan Village is an Orlando-based nonprofit that provides a safe home and therapeutic programs to adult survivors of sex trafficking. Founded in 2009 as a transitional home for survivors of sexual exploitation and chemical dependency, it has since evolved to become Florida’s only trauma-informed recovery facility that fully meets the unique needs of victims of trafficking.

    To know more about their programs and how you can help, you may visit www.samaritanvillage.net.

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