ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - New human trafficking numbers have been released. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center numbers show 145 cases in Virginia last year, which is slightly down from 2014.
Nearly 6,000 cases were reported across the country. 1,600 survivors reached out for help in U.S. in 2015, a 24 percent increase over 2014.
The Virginia breakdown includes 103 cases of sex trafficking and 31 cases of labor trafficking. Since 2007, the center has received reports of 706 cases of human trafficking in Virginia.
The hotlines identified thousands more potential victims through the calls of friends, family members, service providers, community members, and others. In total, 25,696 cases of human trafficking have been reported through the NHTRC and Polaris's BeFree Textline since December 2007, establishing the largest data set on human trafficking in the U.S.
Case and call data from the NHTRC for all 50 states and D.C. is available at http://www.traffickingresourcecenter.org/statistics.