Just as the state rolls out a new campaign to help fight human trafficking, an organization that tracks reports of the crime says reported cases are on the rise. Polaris operates the National Human Trafficking Hotline. They are projecting at least a 25% increase in calls for 2018. Polaris says they’re currently on track to handle more than 11,000 cases of human trafficking this year – the largest number in a single year to date. The announcement comes the same week that the Missouri Department of Public Safety unveiled a new poster that will hang in hotels, train stations, airports, bus depots, and other businesses in an effort to raise awareness and help prevent human trafficking. Displaying the poster is mandatory under legislation passed during the last Missouri General Assembly. Funding for the posters comes from a grant under the federal Victims of Crime Act.