Instances of human trafficking are not being recognized for what they are. Police officers don’t know exactly what to look for and victims don’t know to ask for help. Our goal is to connect the Portland Police and victims of human trafficking through nonverbal communication and create a common understanding of the situation.
Police officers are constantly under fire. They want to help people but are often faced with a lack of resources. Giving them the tools to help victims of human trafficking is an opportunity to boost pride and recognition.
Most victims don’t know they’re victims. They feel like they cannot escape their situation and don’t know that they have rights. They might even feel like they’re criminals and that seeking help would lead to punishment.