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Human Trafficking Resources

Dozens of sex traffickers were arrested ahead of the recent Super Bowl.  Sadly, human trafficking happens 365 days a year and in most cities across the country.  Many credit unions are working to combat human trafficking in their areas by displaying posters and other informational resources to help educate the public to recognize indicators of trafficking and report suspected incidents to law enforcement.  Awareness materials are available for download or by request at no cost via Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign web page

Additionally, a Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Advisory identifies red flags that may indicate financial activity related to human trafficking or smuggling and common terms that financial institutions may use when reporting activity related to these crimes to assist law enforcement in better identifying possible cases.   

Whether your credit union is in a major metropolitan area or a small town, your community is not immune from this fast-growing industry.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) estimates that 300,000 American children are lured each year into sex trafficking by being stalked on Facebook, at movie theatres, parks, bowling alleys and after school activities.  Credit unions have an opportunity to create awareness around this issue and to be a part of the solution.

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