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.