Learn More About Human Trafficking

The Problem

More than 200,000 persons are trafficked in India each year. The most prevalent destination for those being trafficked is employment in the commercial sex industry which includes an estimated 2 million sex workers, 20% of which are under the age of 16.

street scene in India

The vast majority of these victims are girls who typically come from illiterate, lower caste families. Without an education and vocational skills, experience has shown that, even after rescue, these girls will often return to the sex trade simply to survive. There is a critical need for high quality aftercare services for girls who are rescued from this nightmare scenario.

The Solution

New Horizons provides holistic restoration to survivors of sex trafficking and abuse and empowers them to re-enter mainstream society with dignity and hope. We established our initial residential facility in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and are currently providing comprehensive rehabilitative services (including trauma counseling, medical care, education and vocational training) to 50 girls aged 12-21.

new horizons house campus

Our program allows the girls to acquire the confidence and skills they need to be able to make alternate choices for themselves and their futures. Today a number of our girls are attending junior college and several recent graduates have successfully started their own small businesses and are not only supporting themselves but their families as well.

The Opportunity

New Horizons has been recognized by the Indian Child Welfare Committee (CWC) as one of the preeminent facilities of its kind in India. Your monthly support provides our girls with hope, dignity and restoration: it costs just $5,000 to provide full support for one of our girls for an entire year. Please consider partnering with us by visiting our website and follow the girls’ stories there.

masked girl

How to Identify Victims of Human Trafficking and How to Help Them

Human trafficking occurs everywhere, including the United States. Far from being restricted to developing countries, it is present everywhere that there is disparity of income and education. Human trafficking is not always obvious. Sometimes the victims are locked away while at other times they are exploited right under our noses in sectors such as construction, hospitality and agriculture. 

How can you help?

One of the steps you can take to combat human trafficking in your own community is to familiarize yourself with the US Department of State’s list of common warning signs that suggest that someone might be a victim of trafficking.

Red Flags Include

  • Living with their employer or in poor living conditions
  • Unable to speak to individual alone
  • Answers appear to be scripted and rehearsed
  • Employer is holding identity documents
  • Signs of physical abuse
  • Submissive or fearful
  • Unpaid or paid very little
  • Under 18 and in prostitution

If you suspect that an individual is a victim of trafficking you should contact your national anti-trafficking hotline.

In the United States, call 1-888-373-7888, the National Human Trafficking Hotline or text HELP to 233733 (BEFREE). If a situation is urgent, call the emergency line on 911. 

Visit the website of the U.S. Department of State and download the latest Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Report.