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Human Trafficking Awareness

A world-wide BILLION dollar industry is still misunderstood and sometimes ignored because we think we can't do anything about it. But we can.

We can continue to contact congressional leaders and encourage them to seek out and prosecute the offenders. We can donate to safe houses and help get victims back to a normal life.  We can always stay informed and watch for signs someone may be a victim and make a call to the national hotline. 

Be aware of these enduring myths about human trafficking:
Photo Kay Chemush US State Dept
Myth: Trafficking must involve the crossing of borders.
Fact: Despite the use of the word “trafficking,” victims can actually be held within their own country—anti-trafficking laws don’t require that victims must have traveled from somewhere else.

Myth: U.S. citizens can’t be trafficked.
Fact: They can and they are.

Myth: Victims know what they are getting into or have chances to escape.
Fact: They’re actually duped into it and may not even think of escaping because of threats against them or ignorance of the law.

Myth: Victims are never paid.
Fact: Sometimes they are paid, but not very much.

Myth: Victims never have freedom of movement.
Fact: Some victims can move about, but are coerced into always returning, perhaps with a threat against their families back home.

One last note: human trafficking is often confused with alien smuggling, which includes those who consent to smuggling to get across a border illegally.


Signs someone may be a victim of trafficking:

  • Not free to come and go as he/she pleases
  • Under 18 and providing commercial sex acts
  • Has a manager or pimp
  • Unpaid or paid very little, sometimes only tips
  • Works excessively long or unusual hours
  • High security measures at work or home (bars, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)
  • Recruited through false promises due to nature of the work

If you feel you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call the Trafficking Hotline at 1-800-373-7888.
(Information obtained from www.fbi.gov and  www.polarisproject.org. )

Links where you can help.
www.theA21campaign.org
www.youcanfree.us

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