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 Teen's 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.
ONCE A TEEN IS TARGETED, THEIR PROCESS BEGINS:
Traffickers are searching for young people to target.
Traffickers find teens via:
- Social media
- Shopping malls
- Bus stops
- Through friends
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
- Lies and manipulation
Traffickers trick or control young people into staying in the lifestyle.
These methods could be:
- False love or lies
- 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.
Let your teen share what’s bothering them. Don’t force the issue. Listen, but be persistent.
Tell your teen that you love them, and tell them often. Tell them you’ll always be there for them.
Show your teen you are willing to listen, and try not to judge them when they share.
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.”