Regardless of what the issue is, information, education, and awareness are key. Before inroads can be made in the fight against human trafficking, the public must know what human trafficking is, who it affects, the warning signs, and how they can help. Fierce Freedom has complied a list of resources designed to help people learn more about human trafficking. Some of those resources deal exclusively with sex trafficking and some are more broad, dealing with human trafficking as a whole.
Each of the organizations below has valuable information to help you educate yourself on the issue of human trafficking. Please take the time to look at each of the sites and read through the articles we thought would provide a helpful start in educating yourself and others about this issue.
KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS
- Has a boyfriend that is significantly older than her
- Suddenly has more expensive clothing or jewelry
- Has a tattoo with either a barcode or someone else’s name
- Sudden change in group of friends
- Disappears for a few days without explanation
- Not in control of personal documents
- Becomes depressed, withdrawn or combative with family
- Not allowed to speak without third party present
- Poor physical health
- Is not free to come and go as they wish
- House has strange look such as boarded up windows or curtains constantly drawn
If you suspect someone is victim of human trafficking, please call your local law enforcement at 911 or the National Human Trafficking hotline at 1-888-3737-888
(as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act)
Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age. Victims of sex trafficking include young children, teenagers, men, and women.
(As defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act)
The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
- There are an estimated 46 million people in modern-day slavery in the world today.
- Of these, at least 4.5 million are forced into sexual exploitation around the world.
- Human trafficking (both sex and labor trafficking) is the fastest growing organized crime and is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world.
- Human trafficking generates $150 billion per year in profits.
- 98% of sexually trafficked victims are women and girls.
- In the United States there are an estimated 100,000 – 300,000 children prostituted each year.
- 33% of children that run away are lured into prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home.
- Mortality rate for prostitutes can be as much as 100 times greater than the general population.
- The average entry age of girls into prostitution is 12 – 14 and the average entry age of boys into prostitution is 11 – 13.
- 46% of prostitutes attempt suicide.