Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Being Groomed to Be Trafficked. It can happen to anyone. Is it happening to you?

Please visit Shared Hope International for more information on "Chosen"

Hello, it's Christine.  Today I want to focus on identifying signs that lead to sex trafficking.  Yes, human trafficking and sex trafficking are comprised of both supply and demand, and in order to help #EXITslavery we must help decrease both.  As I am doing research on the demand side of human trafficking, that is the people who are purchasing commercial sex acts from people that are victims even if they may not seem like they are, I am also learning about how young women come into being sex trafficked, the supply side. 

A P.I.M.P. is a Person In Marketing of Prostitutes.  In sex trafficking, the P.I.M.P. is the trafficker.  The trafficker knows how to groom young women, and men, into selling themselves for sex.  They do this so that the young woman or man eventually thinks she/he has made the choice to become a prostitute.  From there, the young woman or man is forced, not always physically, into becoming a prostitute and may be too scared by threats, psychological and/or physical, to leave.  This is also used to trick girls into pornography, another form of sex trafficking.  The average age of recruiting girls for "prostitution," which is actually sex trafficking, is 11-14 years old.  The younger the girls are, the more naive and vulnerable they are.

 Please read below and see if you or any of
your friends are being groomed, or "Chosen,"
to be sex trafficked.  If you catch this early
you can help save a life, it may even be your own!

Grooming young women for sex trafficking by traffickers follows Maslow's Hierarchy of needs.  As traffickers, they trick young women by following, identifying and fulfilling their needs then removing the source of fulfillment and creating a sense of dependency.  This is when traffickers push the young women and men into commercial sex.  Below is a chart from Shared Hope International that shows how a pimp might utilize Mazlow's theory.

Maslow Chart_Pimp
[ The following is taken from Shared Hope International ]
If you know or meet a girl who exhibits some of these signs, don’t be afraid to ask questions:
  • At risk of being homeless or running away from home
  • Severe family issues like drug addiction, alcoholism or abuse
  • Signs of fear, anxiety, depression, tension or nervousness
  • Hyper-vigilant or paranoid behavior
  • Interest in relationships with older men
  • Unexplained shopping trips or purchases of new clothing and/or jewelry, especially if the clothing is revealing or suggestive
  • A “boyfriend” who seems overly-concerned with her whereabouts or is otherwise controlling
If she is in trouble, you may be the only one who tries to intervene. If you need help or guidance, or want to report a suspected case of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 888.373.7888.

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Anne said...

Really interesting! X Anna

Nowak said...

great post!

Anca said...

Thank you for sharing these warning signs. None of us want to think about it but the reality is that it's out there and it's happening every day so thank you for bringing awareness to the situation~

Selma Alidini said...



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