12 NH human trafficking cases part of major nationwide jump in reports
New numbers released this week by the human trafficking hotline show a significant jump in cases nationwide and globally last year.
In New Hampshire, 12 cases were reported in 2016, which included nine cases of sex trafficking, one case of labor trafficking and the other two cases were not specified.
In 2016, a record number of over 8,000 cases were reported from within the United States and also from overseas. That's compared to 2015, when roughly 6,000 cases were reported, there has been 35 percent jump.
Researchers said this increase is mostly due to a greater awareness of human trafficking which then results in more cases to be reported.
In 2016, nationally about 2,000 survivors reached out to hotlines for help, which is a 24 percent increase over the 1,600 survivors who did so in 2015.
If you need help or have a tip of suspected human trafficking, you can call the hotline at 1-888-373-7888.