It is drugging children and allowing them to be raped as many as 10-30 times a day.
It is using fear and intimidation to threaten and control another human being.
It is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world.
It is responsible for more than $50 BILLION/Year in revenue. More than Google, Starbucks, and NIKE combined.
It is the exploitation of the most marginalized; women, children, homeless, transgender, mentally ill, physically impaired and the elderly
It is still growing. In fact with estimates ranging from 30-40 MILLION victims, in 2017 The US State Dept. reported that globally there were only 14,894 prosecutions and just 9,071 convictions
IT ISN'T PROSTITUTION. It isn't voluntary.
It isn't about initial consent for a minor, nor is it about payment.
It's not a problem just for poor kids.
Victims often don't CHOOSE drugs - they are forced.
This isn’t a career choice or a way of life.
It doesn't only occur underground - many times the cover is a legitimate business.
Women aren't the only victims - as many as 1/3 of victims are boys.
It doesn't just happen in other countries. The Urban Institute examined what they call an "underground sex economy" which included 8 U.S. Cities whose "economies" ranged from $39.9 million (Denver) to $290 million (Atlanta)
MOST RECENT STUDY ON TRAFFICKING IN SPOKANE: “Study sounds alarm on human trafficking in Spokane area,” The Seattle Times, Originally published May 13, 2008 at 12:00 am Updated May 12, 2008 at 10:37 pm. Available online at https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/study-sounds-alarm-on-human-trafficking-in-spokane-area/ SIGNS TO LOOK FOR: ● School attendance suffers ● Living situation often changes or schools often change ● Fatigue, loss of memory or trouble keeping facts straight ● Mind racing, overly anxious or irrationally fearful ● New or expensive clothes, jewelry, make-up, cars or addictions ● Tattoos and branding ● Gangs or Gang families ● Older boyfriends or a “Mom’s boyfriend” scenario ● Explicit social media accounts / multiple accounts
ONLINE SAFETY TIPS:
Keep profiles PRIVATE!
DO NOT accept requests from any users that you do not know.
NEVER give out your personal info to strangers on-line or in public forum
Disable your “location services” or don’t make them public
Ask friends not to tag photos of you on line
If someone won’t stop requesting, you or posts inappropriate pictures, or if someone is bothering you - TELL SOMEONE YOU CAN TRUST & REPORT THE INCIDENT
Trafficking is a complex issue. It can be DIFFICULT FOR THE SURVIVOR TO REACH OUT. WHAT'S MORE - there are MYTHS ASSOCIATED WITH SLAVERY & TRAFFICKING, as well as the battle with shame, stigmas, and guilt. IN ADDITION, resources are often either minimal or are attached to spiritual, emotional, or physical leverage - which perpetuates the SURVIVOR'S PRESSURE TO PERFORM.
CHALLENGES FACED IN ADDRESSING TRAFFICKING: ● Shame, guilt and damage from physical and emotional trauma can be hard to overcome ● Safe shelter is difficult to access ● Advocacy & addiction services are expensive or not covered by insurance ● Public conversation is lacking ● Economics & Studies are lacking ● Support in schools is rare - making victims easier to target ● Victims many times do not self-identify ● Building relational trust is difficult ● Trauma-based care isn't widely available ● The "circuit" ● Compassion Fatigue