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WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?

hu·man traf·fick·ing

noun

  1. the action or practice of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another, typically for the purposes of forced labour or commercial sexual exploitation.
    "she is a victim of human trafficking"


"Where there are drugs, there is human trafficking.
Where there are
strip clubs, there is human trafficking.
Where there is
homelessness, there is human trafficking. Where there are events and attractions, there is human trafficking. Where there is poverty, there is human trafficking. Where there are a lack of choices, there is human trafficking."


DIFFERENT STYLES OF TRAFFICKING

Commercial Sex  •  Domestic Situations  •  Sweatshop Factories  •  Construction  •  Farming/Landscaping  •  Fisheries  •  Hotel  • Tourist Industries  •  Panhandling  •  Janitorial Services  •  Massage Salons  •  Nail Salons  •  Child Soldiers  • 
Restaurant Services

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DID YOU KNOW?

  • Human trafficking is the second largest global organized crime today

  • 80% of the victims of human trafficking are sexual slaves

  • 75% of recorded human trafficking victims are female

  • 77% of adult prostitutes were trafficked into the trade as children

  • Sex trafficking victims can be forced to service 40 to 110 customers in one day

  • Only 1-2% of the victims are rescued and 1 in 100,000 involved in trafficking are convicted

  • Human trafficking is the world's fastest growing criminal industry and effects every nation across the globe

  • The average age of entry into trafficking is 11 to 14 years old

  • 1.2 million children are estimated to be trafficked each year and it is estimated that there are 100,000 to 300,000 child victims of human trafficking in America ALONE. The percentage of children trafficked has risen to 27%, with one out of every three victims a boy.

  • 32% of victims are used for forced economic exploitations, of whom 56% are women and girls

  • 1 to 3 children are lured into commercial exploitation within the first 48 hours of being on the street

    *Sources include: A21.org, HopeHavenal.com, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families


These facts might seem overwhelming, but together we can make a difference in our world! All statistics aside, each number represents the life of a human being— one child, one woman, one man.
 


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What is Their Physical State?

  • Is the person deprived of food, water, sleep. medical care, or other symptoms of poor health?

  • Do they have untreated diseases such as STDs?

  • Is she pregnant resulting from rape or prostitution?

  • Does the person show signs of abuse such as bruises and scars from physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or even torture? Victims are often beaten in areas not easily visible to not damage their appearance.

  • Does the person have addictions and issues of substance abuse? Victims often turn to substance abuse to cope with the circumstances of their life or were coerced into drug use by their traffickers.

  • Are there any odd tattoos? Traffickers will brand victims as a symbol of ownership. Look out for barcodes, symbols of money, money bags, chains, and the name of their pimp. 
     


How are They Behaving?

  • Does the person seem, anxious, depressed, fearful, submissive, distrustful, withdrawn, or paranoid?

  • Is this person able to freely contact friends and family? Has the victim's family been threatened if he or she tries to escape?

  • Does this person have control of their personal schedule or money earned?

  • Has this person's forms of identification been taken from them? Also, does the person have little to no personal possessions?

  • Is she affectionate towards a suspiciously older "boyfriend?" This will typically be a trafficker or abuser. 

  • Does this person have suspicious new friends with a different lifestyle?

  • Is this person exhibiting unexplained absences and being overly tired when they do show up to commitments?

  • Does this person display sexualized behavior, wear less appropriate clothing, and display expensive clothes, shoes, and accessories? In addition, does this person brag about having lots of money?

  • Does this person talk about wild parties and strongly invite others to attend?

Answering "yes" to any of these questions may indicate that the person you have encountered is being exploited.  

 

TAKE ACTION


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Helpful Hotlines

  • The National Human Trafficking Hotline:  1-888-373-7888
    or text HELP or INFO to 233733/BeFree

  • Homeland Security Investigations Tip Line:  1-866-347-2423

  • FBI (Mobile, AL):  251-438-3674

  • Police Department Assault/Sex Crimes (Daphne, AL) :  251-208-1770
    *Call your local Police Department or 911

  • Rape Crisis Center (Mobile, AL):  251-473-7273 and 1-800-718-7273

  • Rose Center (Mobile, AL):  251-206-8779

 

Learn More

  • A21.org or email at info@A21.org

  • eyeheartworld.org

  • exoduscry.com

  • ice.gov/tips

  • dhs.gov/bluecampaign

  • polarisproject.org

  • enditalabama.gov

  • unicefusa.org

  • fbi.gov
     


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