The “…[use of] force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.”
Who is most targeted to human trafficking?
The short answer is that anyone can be human trafficked. But, there are certain populations/circumstances that may be more vulnerable to it. For example:
Native Indigenous/American People
People of Color
Those in the Foster Care/Juvenile Justice System
Those of the LGBTQ+ Community
People Facing Economic Struggles
Youth & Children
Those who Recently Experienced a Natural Disaster
How can I identify if someone is being trafficked?
An individual of human trafficking has more than 3 of the following identifiable characteristics. There are many individuals who present almost all these characteristics:
Change in Physical Appearance & Use of Language
Bruising, Broken Bones, New Tattoos that seem out of character (Read the Following for Tattoo Examples)
Branding Marks (seen under black light)
Anything Royalty Related
Commonly accompanied with a “name”
Self-Harm, Use of Substances, Declining Mental Health
Missing a lot of school
Running away from home
Acting more promiscuous in person or online
Influx of new clothes, gadgets, accessories
Using common trafficking term “the game”, “daddy”, “manager”
There are some individuals who are not aware that they are a victim of trafficking. They are commonly brainwashed into thinking the “love” is real. Therefore, the use of their language may appear more subtle, however, loyal. The bullet points above still apply to these individuals.
I think someone I know is a victim of human trafficking or I am a target, what do I do?
There is a hand symbol that signified the need of EMERGENT help.
If you see someone doing this hand gesture, call 911. If you feel as though someone is in danger, call 911 (even if they don’t sign this).
Utilize the National Human Trafficking Hotline. If you are reporting human trafficking, you can leave an anonymous tip. If you are the person needing help, they will connect you to recourses and bring you to safety.
TurningPointCT.org was developed by young people in Connecticut who are in recovery from mental health and substance use issues. We know what it’s like to feel alone, stressed, worried, sad, and angry. We’ve lived through the ups and downs of self-harm, drugs and alcohol, and the struggle to find help.
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