How to Get Help: Contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-3737-888 — or Text INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733)
Increasing public awareness about a hidden crime is essential to the long-term impact of the anti-human trafficking movement. In January 2014, the Governor’s Task Force launched a statewide campaign to raise awareness about the crime of human trafficking.
The goals of this campaign were to: 1) increase awareness that human trafficking is a crime that happens in Ohio and 2) direct citizens who suspect human trafficking to report incidences to 911 or the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
In 2014, the National Human Trafficking Hotline collaborated with the Governor’s Task Force to code callers who specifically mention Ohio’s awareness campaign materials as their primary referral to the hotline. Of the callers who identified a referral source, the top referral method was a human trafficking awareness campaign. The National Human Trafficking Hotline’s figure suggests that public awareness campaigns help drive citizens to call the national hotline to report suspected trafficking tips or to seek more information.