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Making Allies, Not Adversaries: A Grassroots Effort to Battle Human Trafficking

Seven years ago, teams of volunteers from a group called Love 146 began dropping in to visit the managers of hotels and motels in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., to raise awareness of the problem of human trafficking and offer resources for fighting it.

Since then, some 350 volunteers have reached 500 hotels and motels around the U.S., says Matthew Miller, director of development and mobilization for the New Haven, Conn.-based international human rights organization focused on preventing child trafficking and exploitation. They have done outreach in Denver, Houston, New York City, Orlando and parts of Connecticut.

“Over the last 10 years there has been increased awareness around human trafficking as the human rights issue of our time,” he says. “We fundamentally believe no one organization, law or person is going to end trafficking. It’s a movement of people across sectors, around the world, that will end trafficking.”

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