The Rotary Club Ending Human Trafficking


Who We Are:

Rotary is the largest global service organization, with clubs in over 33,000 communities worldwide. Rotarians are dedicated to providing service to others and advancing peace and goodwill, within their communities and around the world.

Our Club's mission is to End Human Trafficking in communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and parts of Ontario (regions covered by Rotary Districts 5950,5960, and 5580). We will serve as facilitators and problem solvers, and provide forums for discussion.

We will provide Rotary Clubs with information, resources and toolkits to engage their communities and support local organizations and agencies working to end human trafficking.

To end human trafficking, we have to prevent it before it happens. To that end, our Initiative will focus on:

  • Raising Awareness
  • Educating Children and Youth
  • Reducing Risk Factors that make children vulnerable
  • Stopping the Demand

We encourage every Rotary Club to support local organizations working to end human trafficking to raise awareness about human trafficking, and to engage your community around this issue. 

Why is Rotary involved in the Human Trafficking issue?

  • Rotary is uniquely positioned to solve global issues, with over 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide.
  • Rotary has a successful track record – we have helped eradicate polio!
  • We can mobilize thousands of Rotary clubs to tackle this issue in their own communities.

Rotary Club Projects

We know that to end human trafficking we have to prevent it from happening in the first place. So Rotary’s focus is:

  • Raising Awareness
  • Educating Youth and Adults
  • Reducing Risk Factors that make children vulnerable to traffickers
  • Stopping the Demand

Rotary clubs are working to raise awareness of human trafficking in their communities and providing financial and volunteer support to local organizations working to end it. 


This page includes valuable information for collaboration with other groups to help end human trafficking. The resources are organized as follows:


For More Information 

Contact Karen Walkowski to learn more about Rotary’s Initiative to End Human Trafficking and how your organization can be a partner or corporate sponsor.

Spot the signs

Sex trafficking happens 365 days a year. What to look for:

  • Signs of violence: unexplained bruises, black eyes, cuts, or marks
  • Behaviors including fear, anxiety, depression, hyper vigilance, nervousness
  • Easily startled, agitated, or afraid
  • Unsure of where they are
  • Not in control of money or documents
  • Accompanied by older “boyfriend” / companion
  • Dressed to look older or inappropriately for the weather/situation
  • Name or symbol tattooed or branded on neck, chest, or armIf you think someone is being trafficked:
  • Call 888-373-7888 (National Sex Trafficking Hotline) or 911

    Do NOT intervene or interact with someone you suspect is being trafficked. It can put both you and the victim at risk. Do NOT attempt to rescue anyone.