Center on Race and Social Problems

Researchers at Pittsburgh conference say human trafficking hits close to home

The belief that “that doesn’t happen here” is pervasive in attitudes towards human trafficking, said [Rowena] Fong, who worries that the spotlight won’t stay on the issue long enough to solve it. “In general with social work problems, when they first start there’s a lot of interest, a lot of concern, but I think as new problems crop up, they crowd out the old ones,” she said. “We’ve seen that. It’s just a matter of being able to attend to all the different types of problems.”