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Pivot: A Tool to Empower Human Trafficking Victims

Human trafficking is the use of force, fraud or coercion to compel a person into any form of labor against their will. It can occur in any industry, including agriculture, construction, domestic service, restaurants, salons, commercial sex work, massage parlors, and small businesses, and does not necessarily involve transportation, despite its name.

How can we safely let human trafficking victims know that information and help is available when the world of human trafficking is inherently secret?

Pivot provides rescue information hidden in sanitary pads to human trafficking victims in the US without detection by their captors. Hidden in each pad is an insert printed on water-soluble paper with rescue information and a trafficking hotline number. Victims access the insert in the privacy of a restroom, detach the phone number (disguised as a fortune-cookie tab), and flush the rest of the insert in the toilet, allowing the victims to safely carry the necessary information with them until they are ready to seek help.

Pivot is very simple and a beautiful solution to a very difficult problem. It is impressive by its use of limited technology.

For more information, visit the Washington Anti-trafficking Response Network (WARN) site at or watch the video:



kellyannaustin's picture


What creativity in the service of good! I love this idea. How many women have called the hotline?

Thank you for sharing information about this wonderful project. It's too bad it's needed, of course.

In gratitude,


JaniceW's picture


As the video is posted by the design firm, it may be that the project is still in the development stage. Still, an innovative solution to a growing problem. Thanks for reading.

Cali gal Michelle's picture

Amazing and creative tool,

Amazing and creative tool, wow! It would be amazing if this kind of resource were available world-wide, but I know many countries do not have hotlines or help for victims at all. Even access to sanitary pads is limited. Makes me wonder if two needs could be met at once: free feminine products with information inside relevant to that country or region.

If you have not already, please post the link to your entry in Resources:

Thanks for sharing!

Let us Hope together-
aka: Cali gal


JaniceW's picture

Resource exchange

Thanks for the reminder and I will post this on the resources page. Unfortunately as you say, access to sanitary pads is in itself a challenge but perhaps other groups working in that area will see this and create partnerships. There is some amazing work being done to increase access to sanitary pads including by Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) and by Arunachalam Muruganantham whom I mention in my journal.

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