What is sex trafficking?
“Sex trafficking is when a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion” (Sharedhope.org)
Why don't victims escape?
“Traffickers and pimps use physical, emotional and psychological abuse to coerce young women and girls into a life of sex trafficking. Traffickers are master manipulators and employ tactics to create trauma bonds with victims. Traffickers often use the threat of violence against victims or victim’s loved ones to secure their submission.” (Sharedhope.org)
Know the signs.
- Signs of physical abuse (burn marks, bruises, cuts)
- Unexplained absences from work or class
- Less appropriately dressed than before
- Sexualized behavior
- Overly tired at work or in class
- Withdrawn, depressed, distracted or checked out
- Brags about making or having lots of money
- Displays expensive clothes, accessories, or shoes
- New tattoo (tattoos are often used by pimps as a way to brand victims)
- Older boyfriend or new friends with a different lifestyle
- Talks about wild parties or invites other students to attend to parties
- Shows signs of gang affiliation
How can I help?
If you know someone is being trafficked or sexually exploited, please call your local police department or 911. To report or get information, call: National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 This hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are FREE and confidential.