Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Signs of Human Trafficking

These videos were created for Californians to vote Yes to Proposition 35, to expand human trafficking laws in California:

" I was thinking the worst... and the worst to me at that time was thinking she was dead... until she was recovered and we found out what had happened to her."


These victims stories show that whether a person is "developmentally disabled and vulnerable" or "straight A's and at the top of your class,"  they can still be victims of human trafficking.  It is easy for victims to blend into our every day lives.
 This is why it is important to recognize the signs.

Know the signs.  It is important to be able to recognize potential human trafficking situations.  Human trafficking takes place across all economic classes and among people of nations across the globe.  If you see suspicious activity that seems like it could be a human trafficking situation DO NOT try to approach the situation yourself.  Instead, CONTACT your local anti-human trafficking task force.  This can be either a non-government organization or part of your local police force.  Read more below to become aware of the warning signs of a potential human trafficking victim!

Common Work and Living Conditions: The Individual(s) in Question

  • Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
  • Is under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts
  • Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp / manager
  • Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
  • Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
  • Is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work
  • Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off
  • Was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work
  • High security measures exist in the work and/or living locations (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)
Security: Keep people in or keep people out?

Poor Mental Health or Abnormal Behavior

  • Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
  • Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement
  • Avoids eye contact
Behavior: Fearful, anxious, submissive, tense, avoid eye contact

Poor Physical Health

  • Lacks health care
  • Appears malnourished
  • Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture
Physical: Signs of physical restraint, torture, malnourished

Lack of Control

  • Has few or no personal possessions
  • Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records, or bank account
  • Is not in control of his/her own identification documents (ID or passport)
  • Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)
Control: Few possessions/identifications, does not speak for themselves

  • Claims of just visiting and inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address
  • Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or do not know what city he/she is in
  • Loss of sense of time
  • Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story
-Polaris Project 2012

Look, Listen & Be Aware

Sources: Polaris Project


My secret shopping said...

Cute post!

gaby Jimenez said...

great post ,,,, but i couldnt charge the video

get in touch

Ice Pandora said...

Human trafficking is
sickening me and the
2nd video is really
touching :c I want
to give her a hug.


María León. said...

GReat post!

Adeola Naomi said...

Informative and wonderful work!

Megha Sarin said...

This is a great post!


Shivali Burhade said...

This is so Informative.