Since education is 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- Becomes depressed, withdrawn or combative with family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.
- It is estimated 40 Million Victims Are Enslaved Globally (International Labor Organization
- It is estimated that trafficking is a $150 Billion Industry worldwide (Not for Sale Campaign)
- Trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world (Dept. of Health and Human Services)
- Worldwide $99 Billion per year is generated from forced prostitution alone. (International Labor Org)
- Human trafficking is a business that generates the profit of approximately $32 billion (UNICEF USA)
- Of the estimated 16 million forced labor victims worldwide, only 1,038 cases of forced labor were prosecuted globally in 2016 (US Department of State)
- Women and Girls comprise 60-80% of slave population (International Labor Org)
- Each victim of sex trafficking (prostitute) can generate up to $500,000 per year. (“Inside the pervasive pimp culture in Milwaukee.” CBSN)
- 83% of US human trafficking victims in US are citizens (Bureau of Justice Statistics)
- Instances of Human Trafficking has been reported in all 50 states (National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine)
- There is anywhere from 1,400 to 2.4 million trafficked minors in the U.S. (National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine)
- Wisconsin specifically has had at least one case of human trafficking reported in all 72 counties (Department of Justice)