Imagine a story with a plotline involving a distinguished-looking man with a shady background who suddenly finds himself immersed in a worldwide manhunt for his kidnapped daughter, displaying the amazing ability to kick major behind along the way.
Oh yeah, that was a movie (actually, two) starring Liam Neeson.
Despite the popularity of the aforementioned movie, human trafficking is more than just a dramatic plotline for a Hollywood film, it’s a worldwide, billion dollar black market industry profiting off the inhumane treatment of people. People who are mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, and children. Deployed military personnel and their families oftentimes have a front row seat to this global atrocity as a result of their duty station.
Trafficking in Persons (TIP) poses a significant security risk to the DoD and the nation. If you suspect TIP is going on, the DoD encourages you speak up and report it[PDF]. You can remain anonymous throughout the process if you prefer.
If it were your family member, what would you do? Not all of us have the skills to track down and defeat perpetrators of this heinous crime, but raising awareness of this issue within your family and your unit might just save a life.
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