Human Trafficking Hotline

From a recent post on RJI's website:

On Saturday, July 20 multiple teams of men and women from across Richmond set out in an attempt to bring hope for justice to many forgotten areas of the region. Volunteers were given stickers and postcards from RJI with the national victims hotline for sex-trafficking. The goal was to approach a long list of gas stations and motels in areas known by local authorities to be hotspots for sex trafficking, due to their proximity to highways, areas of high crime, and poverty.


Equipped with a list of addresses, we made our first stop. We were assigned to a list of gas stations on Jeff-Davis Highway, which runs parallel to I-95 right up to the city. Other teams were assigned to different parts of town. It’s funny how quickly your own city changes when you just cross the street. We stopped at something like 10 gas stations and motels down a strip hardly over two miles long. What surprised us was not the difference in cultures or lifestyles or commodities being sold – we already knew that trafficking was an issue in the area. What surprised us both was that everyone else knew, too.

Read the entire post here. And be sure to take a moment to look through RJI's website to learn more about the work this organization is doing in our community.

(And just so you have it, the national human trafficking hotline is 1-888-373-7888.)