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National human trafficking hotline has 50 percent jump in calls in 2013

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A national hotline took double the calls for human trafficking in 2013 compared to 2012.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) released 2013 data on Monday that showed reported cases of human trafficking were up 52 percent last year compared to 2012 and up 456 percent since 2008.

In 2013, the NHTRC also received 1,488 emails and 1,669 online tip forms in 2013, as well as 787 SMS threads since the texting program was launched on March 28, 2013.

Also on Monday, the NHTRC received its 100,000th phone call since the hotline by Polaris Project began in December 2007. Polaris Project is a nonprofit that works to combat and prevent modern day slavery and human trafficking.

In all, nearly 14,500 cases of potential human trafficking have been reported to the hotline, according to NHTRC.

The International Labor Organization estimates there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking worldwide.

People can get help, report a tip or request information or training by calling the hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or by sending a text to BeFree (233733).

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