KNOW THE SIGNS

WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?

Simply put, human trafficking is modern day slavery. It's exploitation for profit, using force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of commercial gain.  

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT FORMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING?

The three most common types of human trafficking are: sex trafficking, forced labor, and debt bondage. 

Who are Victims?

Many who lack financial stability are likely to become victims of human trafficking, however nobody is immune. Anyone can become a victim.

  • Men

  • Women

  • Children

  • Adults

  • Able Bodied

  • Educated

  • Uneducated

  • Foreigners

  • Natives

  • All Ethnicities

  • Differently Abled

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Common Traits of Victims

Oftentimes, victims of human trafficking have a vulnerability that their perpetrator picks up on. These vulnerabilities include: unstable or abusive home life, poverty, being a runaway, drug dependency, homelessness, illiteracy, unemployment, corrupt government, refugees from an unstable economy or violent wars, health epidemics, natural disasters, or lack of rights.

 

Additionally, foster children are at a higher risk of becoming victims, because of their increased vulnerabilities.  

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Various Forms of Recruiting/Capture

  • Seduction

  • Abduction

  • Threats to Family

  • False Promises of love or a luxurious life

  • Recruiting from the Porn & Strip Club Industry

  • Shaming

  • Debt Bondage

  • Blackmail

  • Internet & online grooming 

Types of Traffickers

Gorilla Pimp

This type of trafficker is flashy with jewelry, cars, and money. They are more likely to force control over their victims. This is the typical "pimp" portrayed by Hollywood. 

Romeo Pimp

This type of trafficker exhibits a more subtle type of control. They take their time and groom and romance their victims. Victims think they are their "significant other". This type capitalizes on the victim's need for love. The psychological manipulation maintains control over the victim. 

CEO Pimp

This type of trafficker typically runs their operation like a business. They often have other businesses legal or illegal, and run them all very well. They often look like an every day executive that you may see. 

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Recognize the Signs

  • Signs of physical abuse

  • Lack of eye contact

  • Malnourishment

  • Untreated injuries

  • Always accompanied by another person

  • Lack of identification

  • Unaware of date or surroundings

  • Numerous occupants in a small residency/massage parlor

  • Locks on doors & windows

  • Dependence on "friend" for answers

  • Fearfulness

  • "coded" tattoos

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Human Trafficking Facilitators 

These are individuals or businesses in the community that support human trafficking, sometimes without even knowing. You can be on the lookout while visiting these businesses or using these services. 

  • Hotels

  • Truck Stops/Gas Stations

  • ​Landlords

  • Ride Services

  • Airlines

  • Strip Clubs

  • Beauty Salons

  • Restaurants/Bars/Nightclubs

  • Casinos

  • Tattoo Shops

  • Massage Parlours

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What Can You Do?

  • Never take matters into your own hands

  • Demand change from your government & community businesses

  • Share what you know with friends, family, and businesses

  • Get involved with an anti-trafficking organization

  • Schedule a free Stop the Movement Training for your business, church, school, or social club

  • Continue to educate yourself

  • Join us on an outreach! 

  • Financially support an anti-trafficking organization

  • Be aware of your surroundings/Take a self-defense course

  • If you see something, say something. Call the Human Trafficking Hotline 888-373-7888

 Documentaries/Films We recommend for more information

  • Trafficked

  • Liberated

  • Stopping Traffic

  • Surviving Sex Trafficking

  • Hot Girls Wanted

  • Born into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids

  • Invisible Chains

  • Trafficked: Slavery in America

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