Human Trafficking in America – Awareness is the key.
Hello again. I’m so glad your here. I came across this video and thought it might help to see more clearly beneath the surface. In addition, below is an excerpt of a page from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on the tell tale signs that you have just met a victim of human trafficking:
Know the Red Flags
Some indicators raise a red flag that a person may be a victim of human trafficking. Take notice in situations where a person:
Chronic runaway/homeless youth
Lying about age/false ID
Injuries/signs of physical abuse (that they may be reluctant to explain)
Has untreated illnesses or infections. Examples: Diabetes, cancer, TB.
Has STDs, HIV/Aids, pelvic pain/inflammation, rectal trauma, urinary difficulties, abdominal or genital trauma.
Inability or fear of social interaction
Carries hotel keys/ key cards
Exhibits emotional distress such as depression, submissiveness, anxiety, panic attacks, confusion, phobias, disorientation, self-inflicted injuries or suicide attempts.
Inconsistencies when describing and recounting events
Unable or unwilling to give local address or information about parent(s)/guardian
Presence or fear of another person (often an older male or boyfriend who seems controlling)
Sexually explicit profiles on social networking sites
High number of reported sexual partners at a young age
Talks about an older boyfriend or sex with an older man/boyfriend.
Uses words associated with the commercial sex industry.
Has a prepaid cell phone.
May try to protect trafficker from authorities, have loyalty to trafficker, not identify as a victim.
Has an unexplained sudden increase in money, clothing or other goods.
Is frequently truant from school or not enrolled.
History of abuse and/or trauma (rape, violent crime etc.).
It is important to talk to potential victims in a safe and confidential environment. If the victim is accompanied by someone who seems to have control over them, discretely attempt to separate the person from the individual accompanying him/her, without arousing suspicion, since this person could be the trafficker.
As needed, enlist the help of a professional who speaks the potential victim’s language and understands his or her culture.
Do not collect more information than you need! In depth interviews with the potential victim should be conducted by mental health professionals, law enforcement professionals or legal experts. Multiple interviews may confuse and/or re-traumatize victims and may put you, as a service provider, at risk of being subpoenaed as a witness.
Anyone under 18 engaging in commercial sex is legally a severe trafficking victim. Force, fraud or coercion does not need to be present as in the case of someone over 18.
Willingness and availability are the first steps to affecting change. Be the miracle someone is praying for. As we talk more, we will discuss other ways we can help end this heinous injustice. Thanks for stopping by, I’m so proud of you.
This entry was posted on February 14, 2014 by Victoria Wine. It was filed under Blog and was tagged with human rights, human trafficking, physical abuse, Senator Marco Rubio, sex trafficking, social issues, social justice, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.