Sex Trafficking

2015
01.26

“Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world.” 

NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE

1-888-373-7888

Text INFO or HELP to BeFree(233733)

Education & Statistics:

-At least 10,000 US children are forced to provide sex in the US every year.

-13 is the average age a child is forced to have sex.

-1.68 million children children run away each year. Run aways are picked up 48 and 72 hours of running away.

 

When you think of Sex Trafficking, you may think of children overseas. You may think about scary incidents where a kid is just picked up off the side of the streets. This is not always the case. Many of times, it happens by traffickers who are master manipulators. They are experts at persuading you to do things you never thought you would do. Know the signs.

  • Trafficker will tell you that parents, teachers, and other adults don’t understand or appreciate you.
  • Traffickers offer safety and protection agains abusive parents or peers.
  • If you are with friends, traffickers know how to get you to leave your friends. Talk to your friends about trafficking so you can look out for each other.
  • Women and kids your age can be recruiters for traffickers.
  • You can’t tell a trafficker by his/her looks, age or clothes.
  • If an older guy tell you that you are mature for your age, he probably wants something you’re not old enough to give him.
  • Traffickers learn their victims’ insecurities and exploit their vulnerabilities.
  • The people you care about the most will be the first to help you when you get in trouble so the trafficker will try to get you to turn against them first.

Prevention

  • If an offer seems to good to be true it probably is. Ask the opinion of someone you trust. 
  • The little voice in your head and the knot in the pit of your stomach are very good indicators of danger.
  • Don’t be afraid to say no to an adult who makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Don’t accept food or drink that has been prepared or opened by a stranger.
  • When speaking with strangers, never reveal personal information, like phone numbers, address, and age.
  • Tell at least one trusted friend what you are doing and where you are at all times.
  • Always make sure your Facebook and/or Twitter postings are private.
  • Use the internet to research the background of opportunities that come you way.

 

Recognizing a Potential Victim

  • Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes. 
  • Is under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts
  • Works excessively long and/or unusual restrictions
  • Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp/trafficker
  • Was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work
  • Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
  • Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior  after bringing up law enforcement
  • Appears malnourished
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Shows signs of physical and or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement or torture
  • Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records, or bank account
  • Lack of knowledge of where a-bouts
  • has numerous inconsistency of his/her story
  • Talks about and older boyfriend or sex with an older man