Human Trafficking Prevention
SB-1104 Pupil Safety: Human Trafficking Prevention Resources
Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain labor or a commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide. It can happen in any community and victims can be of any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations.
Language barriers, fear of their traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement frequently keep victims from seeking help, making human trafficking a hidden crime.
Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. They look for people who are susceptible, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of a social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability. The trauma caused by the traffickers can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help, even in highly public settings (Homeland Security, 2020).
What can you do?
If you suspect that a person may be a victim of human trafficking, please contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 or Text “Help” or “Info” to 233733. The center is not a law enforcement or immigration authority and is operated by a non-governmental organization. The center is one of several resources available (Blue Campaign, 2020).
- Human Trafficking in America’s Schools
- Tools that Teach: What is Human Trafficking? (This link will also be available on our school websites)
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
If you have any questions regarding access to resources please feel contact firstname.lastname@example.org.