Sex Trafficking Hotline
Help is Only a Phone Call Away
Sex trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engagement in commercial sex acts against his/her will. The Sex Trafficking Hotline is a toll-free hotline, available to answer calls and texts from anywhere in the United States, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Hotline’s mission is to ensure victims of sex trafficking get help, get out and get safe.
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Victims are forced to provide commercial sex in many situations. If you see suspicious activity, specifically at the following venues, report it.
Who is Vulnerable?
Sex trafficking can happen to anyone but some people are more vulnerable than others. Significant risk factors include recent migration or relocation, substance abuse, mental health concerns, involvement with the child welfare system and being a runaway or homeless youth. Often, traffickers identify and leverage their victims’ vulnerabilities in order to create dependency.
Who are the Traffickers?
Perpetrators of sex trafficking span all racial, ethnic, and gender demographics and are as diverse as survivors. Some use their privilege, wealth, and power as a means of control while others experience the same socioeconomic oppression as their victims. They include individuals, business owners, members of a gang or network, intimate partners, owners of farms or restaurants.
How Traffickers Control Victims
Traffickers employ a variety of control tactics, the most common include physical and emotional abuse and threats, isolation from friends and family, and economic abuse. They make promises aimed at addressing the needs of their target in order to impose control. As a result, victims become trapped and fear leaving for a myriad of reasons, including psychological trauma, shame, emotional attachment, or physical threats to themselves or their family.
Signs of Sex Trafficking
Everyone can do their part. If you see suspicious activity such as these below, call. You may be saving a victim.
Is there a non-lobby door held open in some manner?
Is there an unusual amount of foot traffic going to the same room?
Men often wearing hoodies, looking down, avoid being seen?
Same vehicle staying for extended period of time, usually food being brought out to the car where female is kept.
Female approaching trucks as they are parking in the lot.
If you observe a female in the bathroom using the sink as a shower or a female with bruising.