Our Passion - end human trafficking

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What is Human Trafficking?

 Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. This crime occurs  when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another  person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting  labor or services against his/her will. Force, fraud, or coercion need  not be present if the individual engaging in commercial sex is under 18  years of age. 

Potential Red Flags

The  following scenarios might be red flags for relationships or jobs that  may develop into human trafficking. One or more of these may indicate  that an individual is at-risk for sex or labor trafficking. This list is  not exhaustive.

The Intimate Partner or Employer: 

  • Comes on very strongly and promises things that seem too good to be true – i.e. promises extremely high wages for easy work.  
  • Expects that you will agree to the employment or relationship on the  spot, and threatens that otherwise the opportunity will be lost.  
  • Is unclear about the terms of employment, location of employment  and/or the company details/credentials.  Partner/employer denies access  to information about your rights.
  • Denies contact with friends or family or attempts to isolate you from your social network.  
  • Constantly checks on you and does not allow you access to your money.
  • Asks you to do things outside of your comfort zone such as performing sexual favors for friends.  
  • Displays signs/characteristics of a dangerous person including:  attempts to control movement and behaviors, exhibits jealousy, lashes  out or delivers punishment in response to noncompliance, is  verbally/emotionally/physically abusive.  
  • Uses threats or displays of violence to create a culture of fear.

Tips for Communicating with Someone in a Trafficking or Dangerous Situation

  When communicating with someone in a dangerous or potential trafficking situation:

  • Recognize that the person in the situation knows their situation  best, and it is necessary to honor their requests to ensure their  safety
  • Maintain open and nonjudgmental communication, ensuring they know  they can reach out at any time, and end the call when they need to
  • Try to speak in person if possible
  • If that is not possible, try to speak on the phone first [rather  than via text or social media messaging] and ask if the person is alone,  and then use yes/no questions until they indicate it is safe to  communicate more freely
  • If they are alone, try to establish safety words: one word to  indicate it is safe to talk/the person is alone [for future  communications] and one to indicate it is no longer safe to talk and  what the person in the situation would like done [cease communication  immediately/contact law enforcement/etc.]
  • Try to learn more about safety concerns
  • Try to learn more about their needs/wishes moving forward [reporting, shelter, counseling, legal services, etc.]

National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888 (TTY 711) or Text 233733