A law firm is developing a civil lawsuit against motels, hotels, and casinos that turn a blind eye to the harrowing human trafficking crisis happening at their properties. They believe victims should be compensated by these properties for their suffering. The attorneys work on contingency, so they’re only paid if victims win. Erin Brockovich and Bobby Kennedy Jr. are two key people who are helping spearhead this mission. If you know of any victims who want to learn how they can potentially join the civil suit, they can call this confidential phone line at 800-300-2100. The firm is Morgan & Morgan, https://www.forthepeople.com/
The Siouxland Coalition Against Human Trafficking now have Break the Silence Billboards up, and they have a human trafficking display in the South Sioux City library that they encourage you to check out.
Melanie Shellenberger is the program administrator for Iowa’s Safe at Home program, which is an address confidentiality program for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking and stalking. The program has been in existence for three years, and they are still working on spreading the word about its availability. While some participants in Safe at Home are human trafficking survivors, the program feels like there still may be a lack of awareness regarding this resource among trafficking advocates. For more information, go to https://safeathome.iowa.gov/.
If you need help or see something suspicious, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline:
888-373-7888 or text "Help" to BEFREE (233733)
Call Specialists are available 24/7 to take reports of potential human trafficking. All reports are confidential and you may remain anonymous. Interpreters are available.
Statewide Iowa Crisis Line for information about direct services for survivors: 800-770-1650 or text "iowahelp" to 20121
DHS Child Abuse Hotline for reports of suspected child sex trafficking: 800-362-2178