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We are gathering national and local resources for you to use. In the mean time here are some facts and how to spot th signs of human trafficking.

Clearwater Taskforce Against Human Trafficking: 1-727-562-4917
National HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE: 1-888-3737-888

Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity. It involves an act of recruiting, transporting, transfering, harbouring or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them.

  • The average cost of a slave around the world is $90.
  • Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including:
    • Forcing victims into prostitution
    • Subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude
    • Compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography
    • Misleading victims into debt bondage
  • According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.
  • It is estimated that there are approximately 27 million slaves around the world.
  • 68% of female sex trafficking victims meet the clinical criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Around half of trafficking victims in the world are under the age of 18.
  • More than 2/3 of sex trafficked children suffer additional abuse at the hands of their traffickers.
  • Trafficked children are significantly more likely to develop mental health problems, abuse substances, engage in prostitution as adults, and either commit or be victimized by violent crimes later in life.
  • Women who have been trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation experience a significantly higher rate of HIV and other STDs, tuberculosis, and permanent damage to their reproductive systems.
  • There is only a handful of shelters in the U.S. designed specifically to meet the needs of trafficking victims, and it currently only 90 beds nationwide in these homes for the victims of trafficking.

 

SPOT THE SIGNS

Anyone can help prevent human trafficking by learning how to identify a victim of trafficking, and knowing how to report it. This is especially important if you work in a job where there is a likelihood of coming across victims. Such professions might include: health worker, policeman, government official, flight attendant, train attendant, border guard, school-teacher, hotel employee, and others. Whoever you are, know what to look for, and be aware.

Signs that an individual may have been trafficked:

  • Evidence of being controlled, evidence of inability to move or leave job
  • Bruises or other signs of physical abuse
  • Fear or depression
  • Not speaking on own behalf and/or not speaking local language
  • No passport or other forms of identification or documentation
Other things to look out for:
  • Domestic employees who are not allowed to leave the house and have no private space
  • Sex workers who are closely guarded by a pimp, and unable to keep any of the money they earn
  • Children begging on the street showing signs of being abused and controlled
  • Minors travelling alone, or with adults who do not appear to be their parents
  • Young girls at airports, train stations, truck stops or border points who appear scared and isolated, or seem to be controlled by older men
  • Farm or factory labourers who appear to live together and be moved around as a group, or who work in unsafe conditions
If you are a professional who has come across a suspected victim in the course of your work, be aware that many people who have been trafficked will not identify themselves as victims, and may not even be aware that they have been trafficked. Rather than asking them outright, the following questions may help to determine whether or not the person has been trafficked:
  • What type of work do you do?
  • Are you being paid?
  • Can you leave your job if you want to?
  • Can you come and go as you please?
  • Have you or your family been threatened?
  • What are your working and living conditions like?
  • Where do you sleep and eat?
  • Do you have to ask permission to eat/sleep/go to the bathroom?
  • Are there locks on your doors/windows so you cannot get out?
  • Has your identification or documentation been taken from you?

The most important thing to do is if you suspect trafficking going on, contact your local law enforcement immediately. May cities even have a taskforce dedicated specifically to investigate potential trafficking situations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

4th Annual SHUT IT Event
The Domino Effect,
Black and White Gala
Wednesday,
November 18th 6-9pm

Hosted at:
Pepin Hospitality Center
Tampa, FL

Join us for our annual awareness and fundraising event.

This is a powerful night of awareness and education along with inspiring stories of survival and hope.

Learn how one person like a domino can effect great change in the fight against human trafficking and you can get involved and support the Rachel Project.