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Warning Signs That Someone Is Being Trafficked

Human trafficking is a problem in every state, and in every community.

If you believe that someone is being trafficked or exploited, call the The National Human Trafficking Resource Center to report your suspicions and seek help. All calls are treated anonymously:

1-888-3737-888

Here are some of the warning signs to look out for.

Common Work/Living Conditions

Lack of Control

Abnormal Behavior in Public

Poor Physical Health

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"FREEDOM MEANS AN AVENUE"
It’s 150 years since Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. As abolitionists continue to fight the evils of modern slavery, we are compiling thoughts, observations and definitions on the nature of freedom. 
These will be fed into a new Emancipation Proclamation. A document to help truly end slavery once and for all. 
Here are some of our favorite contributions so far. Please keep yours coming. 
"Freedom is to have the possibility for my words and actions to reflect my inner-self, to be the master of my choices, and to be who I am, unconditionally." Jeap Yang
"Freedom is not a choice but a moral duty. Nobody chooses to be a prostitute or to be poor or… Circumstances are all we are." Maria Elias
"Freedom is the right to self actualization. The space to create, pursue and share your dreams in a way that represents the things you value and the character of your human spirit." Paulrobitaille
"Perhaps the proclamation should include educating our youth about "street smarts" or "life teaching on human trafficking" in a class room setting as well as from home, as early as one could form a sentence." Misst5159
"Not the ability to do whatever I want, because we have to have limits in a civilized society; rather I see freedom as the ability to befriend and love whoever I want, whenever I want….” R James Means JD
"To feed people who are hungry. To teach them how to feed themselves, and make it FREE"Kathleen Woods
"Being able to say yes or no, and to be believed and respected for that." Martin McKevat
"Para mi, la libertad es un derecho humano. Según la ONU, "Todos los seres humanos nacen LIBRES e IGUALES en dignidad y derechos." La libertad significa que uno puede controlar a su propia vida y su propio destino y que puede tomar el tiempo de conocerse como ser humano." Krystal Wu
"To matter.To count.To be heard and yes, To Be Respected." MamaC
"La libertad es la capacidad humana de Ser y estar en armonía con el universo." VisionAlternativa
"Freedom is the ability to make choices for yourself and be responsible for the choices that you make." The Defenders
Image: Caveman Chuck Coker/Creative Commons

"FREEDOM MEANS AN AVENUE"

It’s 150 years since Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. As abolitionists continue to fight the evils of modern slavery, we are compiling thoughts, observations and definitions on the nature of freedom. 

These will be fed into a new Emancipation Proclamation. A document to help truly end slavery once and for all. 

Here are some of our favorite contributions so far. Please keep yours coming. 

"Freedom is to have the possibility for my words and actions to reflect my inner-self, to be the master of my choices, and to be who I am, unconditionally." Jeap Yang

"Freedom is not a choice but a moral duty. Nobody chooses to be a prostitute or to be poor or… Circumstances are all we are." Maria Elias

"Freedom is the right to self actualization. The space to create, pursue and share your dreams in a way that represents the things you value and the character of your human spirit." Paulrobitaille

"Perhaps the proclamation should include educating our youth about "street smarts" or "life teaching on human trafficking" in a class room setting as well as from home, as early as one could form a sentence." Misst5159

"Not the ability to do whatever I want, because we have to have limits in a civilized society; rather I see freedom as the ability to befriend and love whoever I want, whenever I want….” R James Means JD

"To feed people who are hungry. To teach them how to feed themselves, and make it FREE"
Kathleen Woods

"Being able to say yes or no, and to be believed and respected for that." Martin McKevat

"Para mi, la libertad es un derecho humano. Según la ONU, "Todos los seres humanos nacen LIBRES e IGUALES en dignidad y derechos." La libertad significa que uno puede controlar a su propia vida y su propio destino y que puede tomar el tiempo de conocerse como ser humano." Krystal Wu

"To matter.To count.To be heard and yes, To Be Respected." MamaC

"La libertad es la capacidad humana de Ser y estar en armonía con el universo." VisionAlternativa

"Freedom is the ability to make choices for yourself and be responsible for the choices that you make." The Defenders

Image: Caveman Chuck Coker/Creative Commons

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THE AVERAGE VICTIM IS 12 YEARS OLD

At 17, Danielle was forced into prostitution - but she says the average age of girls being forced into sex slavery is just 12.

"It's like being raped over and over and over and over," says Danielle.

Rain is more typical of the average American victim, having entered prostitution at the age of 11.

When asked about the men whom she slept with, she is unequivocal about what they were: child abusers.

"I'm not going to label them Johns," she says.

Take action to support THE CASE ACT.


VICTIMS NOT CRIMINALS

Carissa was 12 years old when she was coerced into prostitution.

"I remember him vividly putting his arm around me and acting like he was my buddy. Within days, he was raping me violently."

With children as young as 11 or 12 being exploited for sex, there is a pressing need to differentiate between pimps and prostitutes. Nearly all prostitutes in the US are victims of child sex trafficking, and activists around the country are pushing for law enforcement to recognize them as victims - while focusing their efforts on the real criminals, the pimps and johns who make this industry possible.

The CASE Act will raise the penalties for human trafficking, forcing sex traffickers to register as sex offenders, and mandating training on human trafficking for law enforcement.

It will also funnel more funds for victim support.

Take action to support THE CASE ACT.


DISABLED CHILDREN TARGETED

When Vicki's 17-year-old daughter went missing, she feared she was dead. When she was found, Vicki discovered that she had been bought and sold for sex.

Vicki's daughter is developmentally disabled, with a mental age of just 11. Targeting of such vulnerable children is a growing trend within the trafficking industry.

Vicki is now helping to push the CASE Act (Californians Against Sexual Exploitation) - a ballot initiative that will raise penalties for trafficking and increase support for survivors.

Take action to support THE CASE ACT.

Don't Sell Bodies was conceived by Jada Pinkett Smith and Overbrook Entertainment. It was designed by The Change Creation and Goroboto.

It is dedicated to the victims and survivors of trafficking, and the heroes who are fighting to eradicate it.

Creative Team:
Jada Pinkett Smith
Chris "CJay" Jordan
Paress Salinas
Sami Grover
Jerry Stifelman
Chelsea Bay Dennis
Rebekah Miel
Tennessee Watson
Rob Biddiscombe