Human Trafficking

Resources to educate and bring awareness to human trafficking

U.S. law defines human trafficking as “the use of force, fraud, or coercion to compel a person into commercial sex acts or labor or services against his or her will” (definition found at What is Human Trafficking? | National Human Trafficking Hotline).

Human trafficking occurs in every state, including Kansas. Since 2007 the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH) has identified 672 cases of human trafficking in Kansas. 1,409 victims were identified in these cases (statistics found at Kansas | National Human Trafficking Hotline). 

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) offers very good resources that bring awareness to human trafficking. Visit the LCMS Human Trafficking webpage to find statistics, educational information, emergency hotline and government resources, and ways you can help.

Additional resources include:

1. Polaris, a non-profit organization working to bring an end to human trafficking. Polaris also operates the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline.

2. Rev. Scott Heitshusen, a coordinator with the LCMS Texas District, provides educational resources on human trafficking, such as trafficking signs to watch out for, common online dangers, a parent’s guide educating on child trafficking and technology, and additional resources and organizations. Visit the Anti-Trafficking Resources page to learn more.

3. Keeya Vawar is a survivor of human trafficking. She was introduced at the 2022 LCMS Youth Gathering and shares her story through speaking engagements. Keeya has also written a book detailing her experience titled, “One Thousand Elsewhere: A True Survivor Story.” Her book can be found here, and more information about Keeya can be found at

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