Human trafficking is modern slavery and involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. If the victim is under 18, then any commercial sex act is considered human trafficking, even if the minor believes they are doing it of their own free will.
Sex trafficking victims are more likely American born and labor trafficking victims are more likely foreign born. Anyone can be a victim of human trafficking – any race, gender, age, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. Our Club Champions, Jennifer Meyer and Anita Jader explained.
Indicators that someone might be a victim of Human Trafficking:
- Victim may appear fearful or anxious.
- Victim may avoid eye contact or social interaction.
- Victim may appear malnourished or show signs of physical abuse.
- Multiple female victims may be together and they may have the same tattoo.
- Victim may be controlled by their trafficker and not be able to speak for themselves or make purchases without the trafficker’s consent.
Please report suspected cases to: National Human Trafficking Hotline 888-3737-888
Our club has joined In Our Backyard, with their Freedom Partner program. Our club will be placing stickers in local businesses restroom stalls, to help victims of Human Trafficking.
Public restroom stalls are a safe place for a victim to reach out for help because it is one of the only times that they are ever alone.
If you would like to help in your community visit www.InOurBackyard.org