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HUMAN TRAFFICKING EDUCATION

MODERN-DAY SLAVERY

 slavery that exists in present day society through

any form of

forced human exploitation for labor or service.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

a form of

modern-day slavery that involves the buying and selling of people for profit.

SEX

TRAFFICKING

a form of

modern-day slavery that involves a person forcing another  into commercial

sex for profit.

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Minors in the U.S. 

are considered victims if they are involved in any commercial sex act.

LABOR TRFFICKING

a form of

modern-day slavery that involves a person forcing another to

perform labor or services for profit. This includes situations of debt bondage, forced labor, and involuntary child labor.

EXPLOITATION

act of treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from their work

GLOBALLY

The Global Slavery Index 2018 estimates that on any given day in 2016 there were 403,000 people living in conditions of modern slavery in the United States,

a prevalence of 1.3 victims of modern slavery for every thousand in the country.

That’s an average of 8,000 victims of modern slavery per state.

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Source

NATIONALLY
THE AVERAGE
age of entry into
commercial
SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
is during the teenage years.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING
has been documented
IN ALL 50 STATES
IN AMERICA
199,000 incidents of sexual exploitation of minors occurs each year in the U.S. That’s one incident every 3 minutes.
According to a 2012  Urban Institute study, traffickers made between $5,000-$32,833 in a week. 
There are an estimated
3.5 million
buyers of sex
each day in the
United States.
Watching any form of
PORNOGRAPHY
directly fuels the demand
for sex traffickers to make
money by selling videos of
their sex slaves to porn sites.
100%
Only 1-2% of victims are ever recovered
LOCALLY
IOWA is one of the crossroads of domestic sex trafficking in the U.S.
 Two of the nation's largest
highways, I-80 and I-35
intersect our state.
The problem is here,
and the problem is real.
Statistics indicate there are 100-200 internet
posts daily in Iowa
advertising the sale of sex.

100-200

SPECIAL EVENTS
CAN INCREASE
THAT NUMBER BY:
45%

​Des Moines has been identified by Polaris, a national anti-human trafficking organization, as one of the country’s 

top 100 sites

across the U.S

for suspected

massage- related

trafficking.

7

seven years
is the average
anticipate lifespan
for someone in the life.

Buyers are typically middle-aged men

   (white males 30-49). 70% of buyers

     have a college education and 66%

        of them are fathers.

RECOGNIZE THE WARNING SIGNS
OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
If you pick up on the warning signs and potential red flags of human trafficking
you can identify victims and help them find the assistance they need.
Request help by contacting the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-3737-888, call the Iowa Victim Service Call Center at 1-800-770-1650, or call your local law enforcement.
  • Unpaid or paid very little for work

  • Submissive/nervous/paranoid/fearful/disoriented

  • Unusually fearful of law enforcement

  • Lack of medical care, food, sleep

  • Malnourished

  • Bruisings on body at various stages

  • Signs of sexual abuse/restraint/torture/confinement

  • Signs of physical abuse

  • Few or no personal possessions

  • Not in control of money or access to finances

  • Is not able to speak for themselves/”coached”

  • Has scripted or rehearsed answers

  • In a relationship with someone considerably older

  • Loss of sense of time

  • Avoids eye contact

  • Living in poverty and obtaining expensive items

  • Having large sums of cash

  • Sudden dramatic change in behavior

  • History of multiple abortions or adoptions

  • Substance abuse

  • Under 18 and in prostitution

  • Works in the “sex industry”

  • Tattoos and/or branding

  • Refers to “Daddy” of someone other than her father

  • Carries more than one cell phone

  • Uncharacteristically promiscuous

  • Frequently runs away from home

  • Claims of visiting/inability to clarify address/home

  • Lack of knowledge of whereabouts or what city she is in

  • Disconnected from family, friends, and community

  • Truancy

  • Lack of connection to society

  • Teenager with no cell phone

  • Numerous inconsistencies in her story

* Source: Shared Hope International, Courtney’s House, U.S. Dept. of State

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NEED HELP?

Iowa Trafficking Hotline

24/7 Confidential:

1-800-770-1650

National Human

Trafficking Hotline:

1-888-373-7888

Wings of Refuge Admissions

for Long Term Care:

641-640-1327