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Something a little different…Sex Trafficking in our Communities

August 3, 2017

I want to address human trafficking. I have started doing my own research of human trafficking a year ago. However, it is way too big of a problem for myself to address, I would like to address a huge market under the umbrella of human trafficking, sex trafficking through kidnapping in our community. I don’t even want to address the problems with women/men who are forced into sex trafficking through different means or sex trafficking globally. I first came onto this form of sex trafficking through a Hollywood show-Hawaii 5-0, surprising isn’t it? The show does well in explaining this problem, it really opened my eyes, more like it scared the heck out of me. It made me worry for every young girl I know. They took on a problem that no one knows about, did you know that children at the age of 12 are being kidnapped targeted into sex trafficking? From there they are taken to a hotel every night to have unspeakable things done to them by well-dressed and educated men not greasy, hamburger eating men. This is one branch that makes up the 150 billion dollars sex trafficking industry (TIME 2014). I want to say that we can teach our girls to not fall into social media schemes or to stay away from strangers. But that’s not a problem that we morally should have to discuss! Why can’t we punish the men who pay for these services as sex traffickers?!

Anyway, here is a list of how to spot sex trafficking provided by humantraffickinghotline.org

The signs of a sex traffic girl or boy.

Common Work and Living Conditions:
  • Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
  • Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp / manager
  • Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
  • Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
  • Is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work
  • Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off
  • Was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work
  • High security measures exist in the work and/or living locations (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)
Poor Mental Health or Abnormal Behavior:
  • Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
  • Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement
  • Avoids eye contact
Poor Physical Health:
  • Lacks medical care and/or is denied medical services by employer
  • Appears malnourished or shows signs of repeated exposure to harmful chemicals
  • Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture
Lack of Control:
  • Has few or no personal possessions
  • Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records, or bank account
  • Is not in control of his/her own identification documents (ID or passport)
  • Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)
Other:
  • Claims of just visiting and inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address
  • Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or of what city he/she is in
  • Loss of sense of time
  • Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story

Note: According to federal law, any minor under the age of 18 engaging in commercial sex is a victim of sex trafficking, regardless of the presence of force, fraud, or coercion.

You can make a difference in a young  boy or girl’s life by bringing it to the attention of an authority. Please help…

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