The Facts Warning Signs & Who Are the Children Trafficked For Sex?

Human Trafficking is a $32 Billion industry annually for organized crime.
Human Trafficking is Modern Day Slavery.
There are more slaves in the world today than in any time in history!
Each year over 2 Million women and children are sold into slavery, and within the U.S. over 300,000 annually.
Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, second only to the Drug Trade.
There are 27 Million slaves today, which is more than the number of slaves in all 400 years of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade combined.
Human Trafficking is more lucrative than the illegal arms trade.
One victim is trafficked across international borders every minute.
Human Trafficking is happening everywhere in the world, and in our own country.
In the D.C. Metropolitan area specifically, it is a $100 Million business each year.
The money from this illicit industry fuels organized crime and terrorist networks worldwide.
It only takes a few seconds to kidnap a child – but years to prosecute the trafficker.
Boys and girls are recruited, coerced or taken from airports, train stations, malls, schools, parks, youth centers and theme parks.
Victims of sex trafficking can be girls or boys, women or men.

Warning Signs

Trafficked persons are not always hidden in dark rooms, away from the public eye. They are transported from one place to another. They use public transportation. Since they suffer injury and harm, they require medical care at hospitals and domestic violence shelters. Since they seek relationships with people of the same religious, ethnic and cultural groups, they attend places of worship and go to community centers.

To be able to assist, we need to know what to look for. A combination of any of the following indicators could signal the presence of suspicious activity and possible human trafficking.

A trafficked person may…

* Have injuries or signs of physical abuse.
* Appear malnourished.
* Seem disoriented and not know where her or she is.
* Have few personal possessions and always wear the same clothes regardless of the weather or circumstances.
* Not have identification documents.
* Avoid eye contact and appear hesitant to talk to strangers.
* Be fearful of authority figures, especially law enforcement.
* Rarely be allowed to come and go independently and may be accompanied by someone who controls their every movement.
* Work excessively long hours.

Who Are the Children Trafficked For Sex?

As the sun sets across the United States tonight, thousands of children are rising to meet the night.

They should be in safe homes, in warm beds, being tucked beneath blankets and told bedtime stories.

Instead they slip into the nocturnal world, dressed for the work of the “track”.

All over the United States, these children are being exploited. In Atlanta, Detroit, New York, Kansas City, New Orleans, Seattle, Anchorage, San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale, Denver — in every major city, in the small towns, at truck stops in every State of the Union, they’re being put to “work.”

People say it’s their fault, but I don’t think so anymore.

People call them “bad kids,” but I don’t think so anymore.

People say they like it, some say they deserve it. I don’t think so.

The Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that each year at least 300,000 children are the human porducts meeting the demand of the sex trafficking industry in the U.S. alone. Around the world, more than one million children are subjected to human trafficking for sex or porn. The industry is estimated to bring in $9.5 billion annually.

The statistics are staggering, but it’s the individual stories that are heartbreaking. These are girls as young as 11. Girls who haven’t reached puberty. Children who should be in fifth grade. Many have never attended a school dance. Never learned how to use a locker. Never pondered a class schedule.

Their skin is of every color. Some come from “good homes” and have families searching desperately for them. Others are runaways, or children in foster care, who have already been victimized and traumatized within the walls of their homes — and have no one searching for them.

These children had dreams. Some could sing, others danced and put on plays. Some were great at sports or loved to draw and paint. Some girls were shy, in advanced classes, and liked to read at night.

Now they are called ladies of the night, lot lizards, bitches, whores, sluts, hookers, and hos.

This is America. The land of opportunity. The land of the free, home of the brave. The country of Abraham Lincoln.

Freedom, not slavery, has been abolished for these thousands upon thousands of children…children who are legal citizens of the greatest nation on earth.

They are America’s children. They’re our neighbors. They’re our children’s classmates. They’re in our very homes.

They are our children.

We must save them.

– Linda Smith, Founder of Shared Hope International in her book, Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children, A Call to Action

National Human Trafficking Hotline

One phone call could save a life. If you suspect human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

What is the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC)?
The NHTRC is a national, 24-hour, toll-free, anti-trafficking hotline operated and implemented by Polaris Project and funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NHTRC works to improve the national response to protect victims of human trafficking in the U.S. The NHTRC maintains a national database of anti-trafficking agencies as well as a library of available anti-trafficking resources and materials. The NHTRC also works in collaboration with the anti-trafficking movement in the United States, which includes: HHS Rescue and Restore Coalitions, DOJ-funded Human Trafficking Task Forces, FBI Innocence Lost Task forces, Federal victims’ services and outreach grantees, statewide human trafficking task forces, community-based initiatives, and on-going research projects.

NHTRC Hotline Services:

no_more_trafficking_adCall 1-888-3737-888 to report a tip; to connect with anti-trafficking services in your area; or to request training and technical assistance, general information, or specific anti-trafficking resources.

Who Can Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center?
The NHTRC is equipped to handle calls from all regions of the United States from a wide range of callers including, but not limited to: potential trafficking victims, community members, law enforcement, medical professionals, legal professionals, service providers, researchers, students, and policy-makers.

Hours of Operation
The NHTRC is available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Urgent requests are processed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Non-urgent requests, such as requests for information, materials, or resources, are processed primarily between the hours of 9am and 7pm EST, Monday through Friday. If a non-urgent request comes in between 7pm and 9am EST, on the weekend, or on a holiday, a message will be taken by the call specialist on duty, and full-time program staff will respond to the request within two to three business days, allowing for holidays. A chart detailing the available services of the NHTRC is available below:

Available Services
Crisis Calls: 24 hours/7 days
Reporting Tips About Trafficking Situations: 24 hours/7 days
Training & Technical Assistance Requests – URGENT: 24 hours/7 days
Training & Technical Assistance Requests – NON-URGENT: 9am – 7pm
Referrals- URGENT: 24 hours/7 days
Referrals- NON-URGENT: 9am – 7pm
General Information Requests: 9am – 7pm

What is the Need for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center?
More than six years after the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, the anti-trafficking field in the United States has made significant progress but also faces a number of persistent challenges. As a whole, there is an urgent need for capacity building in the field to facilitate an increase in the number of victims identified, the number of traffickers brought to justice, and the number of survivors receiving critical social services. The NHTRC is part of Polaris Project’s Training, Technical Assistance, and Strategic Support Program (TTASP), which exists to help improve the systemic response to protecting victims of human trafficking in the United States.

What are the Goals of the NHTRC?
Using a strengths based model, the NHTRC seeks to foster increased local ownership and engagement by connecting callers with anti-trafficking practioners in communities nationwide that are best equipped to serve victims in their local area. The NHTRC will help meet the following critical needs in the field through the following areas:
• Increase the effectiveness of trainings, technical assistance, and strategic support throughout all levels and sectors of the anti-trafficking movement;
• Increase the number of victims identified, provided with referrals, and served in the country;
• Develop new and cutting edge anti-trafficking strategies focused on regional suppression of anti-trafficking networks;
• Improve local, regional, and national levels of coordination and communication; and,
• Provide more accessible and comprehensive promising practices, including practitioner-based training, technical assistance, and strategic support.

Types of Calls Made into the NHTRC National Hotline
Hotline calls are categorized into the following six Call Types: Crisis calls; Tips about potential cases of human trafficking; Training and technical assistance requests; Referral requests; General information requests; and Related calls.

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