Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month: Step One – Awareness
You don’t have to do much. Really. Just taking one step is a good start.
Step One: Become Aware of the Signs. Know what to look for.
Even in Nevada, where prostitution is legal in rural counties, the Attorney General has posted a list of possible warning signs of human trafficking. Among them are people:
- Appearing malnourished
- Showing signs of physical injuries and abuse
- Avoiding eye contact, social interaction, and authority figures/law enforcement
- Seeming to adhere to scripted or rehearsed responses in social interaction
- Lacking official identification documents
- Appearing destitute/lacking personal possessions
- Working excessively long hours
- Living at place of employment
- Checking into hotels/motels with older males, and referring to those males as boyfriend or “daddy,” which is often street slang for pimp
- Poor physical or dental health
- Tattoos/ branding on the neck and/or lower back
- Untreated sexually transmitted diseases
- Small children serving in a family restaurant
- Security measures that appear to keep people inside an establishment – barbed wire inside of a fence, bars covering the insides of windows
- Not allowing people to go into public alone, or speak for themselves
These warning signs are adapted from information provided by the Polaris Project and its National Human Trafficking Resource Center and Innocents at Risk.
And mark your calendar for Thursday, January 30th at 7p at UUCA, 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 for “Facing Child Sex Trafficking: Atlanta’s Dirty Little Secret.” Join metro Atlanta artists committed to putting a face on child sex trafficking in our city. Connect with metro Atlanta organizations already working to confront child sex trafficking.
Because it’s not “over there.” It’s here. Let’s make a difference, together.
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