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Every year millions of people are trafficked worldwide, including within the United States. The State Department has an office dedicated to saving potential victims.

  • Kari Johnstone, acting director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, explained that anyone could be a potential victim of human trafficking, but people living in underserved communities and people without support systems are more vulnerable.
  • Social media platforms are putting some processes in place to keep users safe from trafficking, but they could be doing more, Johnstone said.
  • Support from the private sector is needed and appreciated as nearly all the funding for services for trafficking victims comes from the private sector, according to Johnstone.

SEE ALSO | State Department bureau advocates for human rights in countries around world

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