HUMAN TRAFFICKING EDUCATION
slavery that exists in present day society through
any form of
forced human exploitation for labor or service.
a form of
modern-day slavery that involves the buying and selling of people for profit.
a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals are forced to perform commercial acts, for the profit of others through force, fraud, or coercion.
Minors in the U.S.
are considered victims if they are involved in any commercial sex act.
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.
act of treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from their work
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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age of entry into
is during the teenage years.
has been documented
IN ALL 50 STATES
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
buyers of sex
each day in the
Watching any form of
directly fuels the demand
for sex traffickers to make
money by selling videos of
their sex slaves to porn sites.
Only 1-2% of victims are ever recovered
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.
THAT NUMBER BY:
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
is the average
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
Unusually fearful of law enforcement
Lack of medical care, food, sleep
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
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
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
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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