Human Trafficking LINKS Resource

My research process for this topic was predictably non-linear. Not all of these links were represented in my talks or presentations in class. But I think they are a good beginning for anyone looking for more information about Human Trafficking. There are still so many people I would like to speak with and get perspective from. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I'll be happy to help where I can.

HOTLINE/HELPLINE/WARNING SIGNS

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline 1-888-373-7888

If you see any of these red flags, contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text to BeFree (233733) for specialized victim services referrals or to report the situation. Click here to learn more about reporting potential human trafficking situations. This list is not exhaustive and represents only a selection of possible indicators. Also, the red flags in this list may not be present in all trafficking cases and are not cumulative.

Common Work and Living Conditions: The Individual(s) in Question

  • Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
  • Is under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts
  • 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 health care
  • Appears malnourished
  • 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 do not know what city he/she is in
  • Loss of sense of time
  • Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story
To request assessment tools and for more information about reporting trafficking click here. For resource packs on human trafficking and how to recognize the signs click here.


OUTREACH/ASSISTANCE/ADVOCACY
Polaris Project
Safe Horizon
GEMS
Stop Human Trafficking NY
NJ Human Trafficking
Thorn Foundation
Prevent Human Trafficking
Equality Now
NYC.GOV
UNICEF
There Is Hope For Me
Fair Girls
Courtney’s House
Sage SF

OUTREACH TECHNIQUES

Posting the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline
S.O.A.P.
Baseball/INFO Cards at World Series
GEMS-Girls Outreach
Thorn Tech Task Force
Liam Neeson PSA

READINGS
The Spectacle of Misery: Gender, Images and Belonging in Anti-trafficking Campaigns (Gender, Image…Anti-traffic Campaigns)
Out of Bondage: Defense Department should focus attack on global trafficking in people.
(Link btwn military and sex traffic)
U.S. Government Accountability Office - HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Better Data, Strategy, and Reporting Needed to Enhance U.S. Antitrafficking Efforts Abroad

ARTICLES/STORIES

Using Super Bowl To Stem Sex Traffic
Rachel Lloyd - A World For Girls
Rachel Lloyd - Village Voice Escort Ads
How Men Can Stop Sex Trafficking
Op-Ed: Only One Group of People Can Stop Sex Trafficking—Men
I was a modern-day slave in America
Tennessee John School