Get Involved: Recognize and Report
The National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
Recognize Warning Signs
Pimps/traffickers often exhibit the following behaviors or characteristics:
- Jealous, controlling and violent
- Significantly older than female companions
- Promise things that seem too good to be true
- Encourage victims to engage in illegal activities to achieve their goals and dreams
- Buys expensive gifts or owns expensive items
- Is vague about their profession
- Pushy or demanding about sex
- Encourages inappropriate sexual behavior
- Makes the victim feel responsible for their financial stability
Warning signs that an individual is being trafficked:
- Under 18 and providing commercial sex acts
- Recruited through false promises
- Fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, checked out, paranoid
- Avoids eye contact
- Lacks health care or appears malnourished
- Shows signs of physical or sexual abuse
- Shows signs of self harm, low self esteem, or an eating disorder
- Loss sense of time
- Unexplained absence from school
- Overly tired in class
- Shows signs of drug or alcohol addiction
- Lives in unstable or abusive home
- Less appropriately dressed than before
- Sexualized behavior
- Brags about making or having lots of money
- Displays expensive clothes, accessories or shoes
- New tattoo, especially of a name, symbol of money, or barcode
- Older boyfriend or new friends with a different lifestyle
- Talks about wild parties and invites other students
- Shows signs of gang affiliation
Recognizing one of the above mentioned signs probably would not raise a red flag, but recognizing several would be cause for concern.
If you believe someone is being trafficked contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline:
“INFO” or “HELP”
The scope of human trafficking and slavery has come into sharp focus over the past years with an estimated 27 million slaves worldwide. That number represents more slaves than any other time in history. Human trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world, generating over $150 billion in profits to traffickers annually according to some estimates. Human trafficking has become an epidemic. We must advocate for tougher laws and enforcement.
Here are current policy priorities to advocate for:
Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act
A critical way to combat human trafficking is to invest in services that prevent the crime before it occurs. Runaway and homeless youth are one of this nation’s most vulnerable populations to human trafficking. Congress must continue the essential services provided under the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act to ensure that all youth have access to housing and other critical services they need. Urge congress to make passing the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act a top priority.
Supply Chain Transparency
The U.S. is the largest importer in the world, giving us a unique position to demand that companies effectively root out trafficking in their supply chains and ensure fair, humane conditions for workers. The Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015 (H.R. 3226 and S.1968) would require companies to disclose the measures they’re taking to address forced labor and human trafficking within their supply chains and empower everyday consumers to make informed decisions about the companies they choose to support.
Prioritizing the Strategic Action Plan
The Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States 2013-2017, is a collaborative effort to align federal agency efforts to assist all victims of human trafficking.
Visit Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Statewide Council on Human Trafficking for more information regarding Florida legislation.
View the Florida Statewide Council on Human Trafficking 2016 Annual Report.