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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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BEYOND LAWS, HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS NOW IN PLAIN SIGHT
As voters in California prepare to cast their ballot for or against the CASE Act (Proposition 35), there will be legitimate debate about what the best approaches are to fighting human trafficking and modern slavery. 
Nobody has a monopoly on the truth. And there are no perfect answers.
It’s crucial that a multi-pronged approach to fighting trafficking include all stakeholders. Details must be discussed, analyzed, built on and refined.
And no doubt disagreements will remain. 
But beyond the details of the CASE Act, and the discussions in California, one thing is becoming eminently clear - the realities of human trafficking in America are finally becoming acknowledged by our mainstream culture - and victims and survivors are being recognized for what they are - people deserving of support, not vilification.
From the president’s recent speech to a slow but steady shift in the terminology used by  mainstream media (yes, teen prostitute is an oxymoron!) - we are witnessing a cultural shift that is long overdue. And as we have witnessed with increased acceptance of other marginalized elements of society before, as attitudes shift toward trafficking and trafficking victims, it should become easier for those needing help or support to step forward and speak out. 
As we continue to hold our discussions and debates, let’s not lose sight of this fact.
It may be the most important outcome of ALL of our efforts. 

BEYOND LAWS, HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS
NOW IN PLAIN SIGHT

As voters in California prepare to cast their ballot for or against the CASE Act (Proposition 35), there will be legitimate debate about what the best approaches are to fighting human trafficking and modern slavery. 

Nobody has a monopoly on the truth. And there are no perfect answers.

It’s crucial that a multi-pronged approach to fighting trafficking include all stakeholders. Details must be discussed, analyzed, built on and refined.

And no doubt disagreements will remain. 

But beyond the details of the CASE Act, and the discussions in California, one thing is becoming eminently clear - the realities of human trafficking in America are finally becoming acknowledged by our mainstream culture - and victims and survivors are being recognized for what they are - people deserving of support, not vilification.

From the president’s recent speech to a slow but steady shift in the terminology used by  mainstream media (yes, teen prostitute is an oxymoron!) - we are witnessing a cultural shift that is long overdue. And as we have witnessed with increased acceptance of other marginalized elements of society before, as attitudes shift toward trafficking and trafficking victims, it should become easier for those needing help or support to step forward and speak out. 

As we continue to hold our discussions and debates, let’s not lose sight of this fact.

It may be the most important outcome of ALL of our efforts. 

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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