Prevent

Know the Signs to Stop the Abuse

Our greatest asset in the fight against trafficking is you and the members of your community. But the only way you will be effective in helping to end human trafficking is by being able to identify the signs and patterns of trafficker abuse, so that you can report them. Victims can be difficult to identify, and you could even have a victim in your own home.

Select whether if you’re a Young Person or an Adult:

The Key to Success is to Be Involved

The best way to protect your child is to pay attention to them and their behavior.

HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS TO BE AN INFORMED, INVOLVED, & PROACTIVE PARENT OR GUARDIAN:

Know What Your Teen is Doing

Be Involved In Your Teens Life

Talk With Your Teen About Sensitive Topics

Help Build Their Self-Esteem & Confidence

Discuss Social Media & Monitor Their Usage

Talk With Your Teen About Friendship

Know the Patterns of Traffickers

Victims can be from any ethnicity, social or economic group,gender, or level of academic achievement.

LEARN THE TYPE OF TEENS THEY TARGET

ONCE A TEEN IS TARGETED, THEIR PROCESS BEGINS:

Who?

Victims can be from any ethnicity, social or economic group, gender, or level of academic achievement. Some traffickers prefer to focus their efforts on recruiting young people into their enterprises, as most traffickers are young as well.

Traffickers are looking for young people who may:

  • Lack a sense of belonging to others
  • Not feel respected or valued by family or friends
  • Base their self-worth on popularity or relationships
  • Be willing to keep secrets, including the relationship
  • Not have a good relationship with their parents
  • Be looking for a boyfriend or girlfriend
  • Be often bored with not much to do
  • Spend a lot of time away from family or friends
  • Be willing to take directions and believe the lies and false promises
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Scouting

Traffickers are searching for young people to target.

Traffickers find teens via:

  • Social media
  • Shopping malls
  • Bus stops
  • School
  • Through friends
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Manipulating

Traffickers relate to young people and often times seem “too good to be true.”

Trafficker manipulation techniques:

  • Pretend to be boyfriends or girlfriends
  • Buy presents
  • Treat their intended victims very well
  • Listen and act interested in their lives
  • Traffickers lie
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Trapping

Traffickers trick or control young people into staying in the lifestyle.

These methods could be:

  • False love or lies
  • Drugs
  • Threats of violence
  • Physical violence

DO YOU SUSPECT YOUR CHILD MAY BE BEING SCOUTED OR MANIPULATED BY A TRAFFICKER?

Keep an Open Dialogue With Your Teen

HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTED CONVERSATION STARTERS:

  • Tell me about your friends.
  • Who do you hang out with during your
    free time?
  • Have you received any strange friend requests
    or followers on social media?
  • Have you received texts or private messages
    asking you to meet?
  • Did your friend ask you to keep your friendship
    a secret?
  • Do you feel like you have to spend all of your
    free time with this friend?
  • Has your friend bought you expensive gifts for
    no reason?

  • How old is your friend?
  • Has your friend tried to give you drugs or alcohol?
  • Has your friend tried to get you to participate in
    illegal or questionable activities?
  • Has your friend asked you to be sexually active
    with them or another person in exchange for money,
    clothes, or something else you want?
  • Do you feel like you have to check-in with your friend?
  • Has your friend every hit, kicked, shoved, or hurt you?
  • Has your friend threatened to hurt you if you try
    to leave?
  • Are you afraid to end the relationship with this friend?
  • Does your friend make you feel uncomfortable?

 

Keep Them Out of Trafficking

By Keeping Them Close to You.

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LISTEN

Let your teen share what’s bothering them. Don’t force the issue. Listen, but be persistent.

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LOVE

Tell your teen that you love them, and tell them often. Tell them you’ll always be there for them.

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SUPPORT

Show your teen you are willing to listen, and try not to judge them when they share.

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UNDERSTAND

Never blame your teen for what is happening. Remember they are a victim, not a criminal.

 

Stories of Survival

“I thought he was just my daughter’s boyfriend, I had no idea who he really was until the police showed up at my door. I didn’t want to believe them at first, but I knew something was different about her, she wasn’t acting normal and was isolating herself more and more from her family. If I had JUST ASKed what was going on, maybe her innocence wouldn’t have been taken from her.”