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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:


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




"Trafficking in persons" shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs...



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It's hard to believe, but more humans are being used as slaves than ever before.

Between 700,000 and 4 million women and children will be trafficked this year, with the majority being forced to work in the sex trade. In America, there are an estimated 40,000 men, women and children enslaved at this very moment. If everyone who cares takes action, we can end slavery once and for all.

It's time.

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These modern day abolitionists are fighting slavery across the globe. Here's how you can join them.


The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & TraffickingThe Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization providing comprehensive case management, services, and advocacy to survivors healing from the violence endured during slavery. CAST provides comprehensive long-term services through a three-pronged empowerment approach which includes Social Services, Legal Services, and Outreach and Training. The organization also operates the first shelter in the nation solely dedicated to serving victims of trafficking and established the first partnership of its kind with Saban Free Clinic – a family clinic in Los Angeles trained to address the health and mental health needs of trafficking victims.


Not For SaleNot For Sale uses the power of business and social enterprise to create viable alternatives to slavery. By empowering vulnerable communities, and engaging business, government and the grassroots, Not For Sale has created a modern day abolitionist movement in countries across the Globe. On November 1st and 2nd 2012, Not For Sale will be hosting Justice for the Bottom Billion - a Global Forum on stemming the tide of human trafficking.


Polaris ProjectNamed after the North Star which guided slaves to freedom on the underground railroad, Polaris Project is one of the largest anti- trafficking organizations in the United States and Japan. The organization is active in lobbying for legislative change - including the current push for the CASE Act - and provides direct support to victims of trafficking. Polaris has been instrumental in providing training on human trafficking for law enforcement, social services and other public sector employees.


GemsFounded by Rachel Lloyd, GEMS works with women and girls who have been trafficked and sexually exploited. The organization helps young girls transition out of the sex industry and get back to their full potential. GEMS was also instrumental in lobbying for passage of the Safe Harbor Act for Sexually Exploited Youth, which provides that girls under the age of 16, who are arrested in New York for prostitution will be treated as victims, rather than criminals.


GemsCalifornia harbors three of FBI's 13 highest child sex trafficking areas in the nation (Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego), and it has received an F rating from leading anti-trafficking organizations. California Against Slavery is coordinating a push for THE CASE ACT - a groundbreaking ballot initiative that will increase penalties for human trafficking, ensure increased support for survivors, and mandate training for law enforcement and other officials.


Slavery FootprintThe Slavery Footprint website shows consumers how their consumption habits are connected to modern-day slavery, showing them just how many slaves it takes to support their lifestyle. Through the "Free World" mobile app and online action center, Slavery Footprint provides consumers with an outlet to voice their demand for products made without slave labor.


Shared HopeShared Hope International is a leading light in the worldwide effort to prevent and eradicate sex trafficking and slavery. The organization uses every means possible to alert the vulnerable to the dangers of trafficking, and partners with local organizations to offer victims of the sex trade safe shelter, therapy, spiritual and physical healing, education and vocational training. Shared Hope International also campaigns for fundamental cultural and legislative change to ensure the just treatment of victims and the prosecution of perpetrators alike.


Shared HopeThe National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. It exists to help people to report tips/suspicious activity; connect with anti-trafficking services in their area, or to request training, technical assistance or anti-trafficking resources. The NHTRC is a program of Polaris Project, a non-profit, non-governmental organization working exclusively on the issue of human trafficking. NHTRC is not a government entity, law enforcement or an immigration authority. It can be reached at 1-888-3737-888


Justice DepartmentThe fight to end slavery must include a robust response from Government. Every year, the Department of Justice publishes an overview of government efforts to and the trafficking of people. Covering everything from law enforcement and prosecutions to training and grant funding, this is a vital resource for anti-trafficking activists.


Courtney's HouseTina Frundt was “freed” from sex trafficking as a teen, only to be forced into the juvenile detention system. She founded Courtney's House as an alternative – funding a group residential home for survivors where they could heal, recover and move beyond their experiences without criminalization. Their first group home was forced to close due to lack of funding, but they are actively working toward a new home. In the meantime, they are providing drop-in services, outreach and law enforcement training.


FAIR GirlsFAIR Girls provides education, outreach and empowerment to girls who have been, or are at risk of being, sexually exploited. With programs in Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Russia, Uganda, and the United States, the organization creates opportunities for girls to become confident, happy, healthy young women. From emergency response through individual care to group empowerment workshops and prevention education, FAIR Girls works toward a world where all young women can live free from exploitation.


Polaris Project JapanPolaris Project Japan is the only organization in Japan solely dedicated to combating all forms of human trafficking. They are a leading voice for victims of human trafficking and for calling attention to this human rights issue. Polaris runs case management services for survivors, a nationwide hotline for reporting trafficking, national education and awareness-raising efforts, policy advocacy, corporate outreach, and prevention programs.


Proyecto EsperanzaProyecto Esperanza (Project HOPE) is the response of the Congregation of the Sisters Adorers to the problem of trafficking in women in Spain. Since 1999, the group has offered a comprehensive support program for women who are victims of human trafficking for the purposes of exploitation. The Project has a multidisciplinary team who consider trafficking-in-persons to be a violation of human rights. The team consists of lawyers, educators, social workers, intercultural mediators, psychologists and other professionals.


HUMAN RIGHTS FOR GIRLSGirls in the United States are subject to violence with horrifying frequency. One in four American girls will experience sexual violence by the age of 18. Girls aged 16 to 19 are four times more likely than others to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault. And, nearly one in five women reports being subject to rape in her lifetime.

Violence against girls in the US is a human rights issue. Human Rights Project For Girls works to ensure it is viewed as such, and that ending this epidemic becomes a priority for our society.


Kristi HouseKristi House's Project GOLD program assists commercially sexually exploited children by offering coordinated service to the victims and through training and awareness building in Miami Dade County. Kristi House, as the Miami Dade County CAC, strives to create local model programs that are easily replicated in other communities and continuously works to recognize this population of child sexual abuse victims as just that - victims - not criminals. Project GOLD is led by Trudy Novicki, Executive Director and author of the Florida Safe Harbor Act and by Sandy Skelaney, Program Manager.


MISSSEYMotivating, Inspiring, Supporting, and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSSEY) advocates and facilitates the empowerment and inner transformation of sexually exploited youth by holistically addressing their specific needs. MISSSEY collaborates to bring about systemic and community change to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth through raising awareness, education and policy development. MISSSEY embodies a peer and survivor led model that recognizes the value of young people empowering other young people and the crucial voices of survivors in facilitating healing in victims of commercial sexual exploitation. MISSSEY seeks to partner with youth in their transition from victim to survivor to leader, encouraging their long-term stability and success in whatever path they choose.


International Justice MissionInternational Justice Mission is a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to secure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to ensure that public justice systems - police, courts and laws - effectively protect the poor. IJM's justice professionals work in their communities in 15 field offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America to secure tangible and sustainable protection of national laws through local court systems.

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Support Jada Pinkett Smith’s journey to reach 50,000 Dollars. This 50K, raised through the Chime for Change project, will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous funder. This will allow us to provide 13 victims of human trafficking (and their children) with 18 months of shelter while they recover and rebuild their lives.

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Following on from our successful tweet chats on responsible communication, and effective support, our next will be on the role of men in the movement. 
- How can men help end demand for human trafficking?
- How do we better support male survivors? 
- Do programs tailored to men need to be structured differently? How? 
Come discuss these hot topics and more on June 24th at 12p/3e. And if you know of successful male-focused initiatives and/or male survivor voices who need to be heard, please drop us a line or pass on the info.

Following on from our successful tweet chats on responsible communication, and effective support, our next will be on the role of men in the movement. 

- How can men help end demand for human trafficking?

- How do we better support male survivors? 

- Do programs tailored to men need to be structured differently? How? 

Come discuss these hot topics and more on June 24th at 12p/3e. And if you know of successful male-focused initiatives and/or male survivor voices who need to be heard, please drop us a line or pass on the info.

Minh Dang


#DSBChat version 1.0 – a summary

The realities of human trafficking are horrific.

So it makes sense that much of the imagery in the movement to end human trafficking focuses on the atrocities we seek to end. But there are dangers to this approach too.

- Do images of violence sensationalize or oversimplify a crime that often involves subtler forms of coercion?
- How can we tell the stories of survivors without re-exploiting them, or dehumanizing them?
- How do we strike a balance between justified outrage and anger and a more hopeful, constructive vision of solutions?

These were just some of the topics that inspired Don’t Sell Bodies’ first twitter chat - a virtual event that we envision as a space for reflection, discussion and learning on the challenges this movement faces. (Check out #DSBChat on twitter for past and future conversations.)

Moving beyond stereotypes
We started out by asking what the movement can do to share the gravity of the issue, without resorting to stereotypes. The Irina Project – an initiative of UNC focused on responsible reporting of human trafficking – suggested there was a need for a broader range of voices – voices who are typically excluded from the conversation:

Presenting “whole people”
This was a point echoed by many participants, including Maia Sciupac – who suggested that it’s not just about including survivor voices – but presenting them as whole people:

Whole people who are much more than what has happened to them:

Responsible use of statistics?
This concept of “whole people” fed into the discussion about statistics – with some participants expressing concern that a focus on the big numbers can act to dehumanize the problem. The International Justice Mission argued, however, that it is not a question of whether or not we talk about statistics, but rather how:

The question of dignity came up often.

Survivors as experts, not stories
There was a sense among many participants that survivor voices are often only listened to on a superficial level – as a cautionary tale regarding the gravity of the human trafficking issue. Many argued, however, that the true value of survivor voices lies in concrete, actionable knowledge of how human trafficking happens and what, specifically, can be done to fight it:

While there was concern about how the term “survivor” is used as a label, Rani Hong suggested that it still has value – but that it should be used with care:

Open debate
There were also questions raised about how and if differences of opinion are heard within the movement:

Excluded voices?
Minh Dang raised concerns about further segmentation and discrimination under which survivor voices even get heard – suggesting that her status as a female, educated, Asian American English-speaker has afforded a much broader platform than might be enjoyed by non-English speakers, or male victims of trafficking, for example.

The issue of language, in particular, prompted comment on some very specific need among journalists covering the issue, including foreign language skills and training on how to sensitively and effectively interview survivors:

Although there was also a sense that things may be improving on that front:

Fair treatment of survivors
Meanwhile Holly Smith raised another crucial concern about how survivors are treated within the movement – suggesting they are often under-compensated for their time, when compared to other “expert” voices:

Hope versus fear
And there was lengthy discussion about the relative values of hope versus fear – and how each might be used within a broader strategy for change:

Ideas for future discussion?
Ultimately, our first inaugural #DSBChat raised many important areas for discussion and further reflection. We will be developing these chats into an ongoing, monthly forum for debate – focusing on critical issues for the movement. Please use the comments section below, or contact us on twitter, if you have ideas for future topics – or suggestions on how best to utilize this format to the benefit of the movement. To paraphrase the words of IJM, we’re only going to win this fight together:

Stay tuned for the next installment. 

Minh Dang
Real life story: America’s Sex-Trafficking Victims

I was born in an affluent suburb of Philadelphia, to two professors. Lisa, a woman my age from a poor neighborhood in Washington, was born to a rapist and an alcoholic. I was my parents’ first and only child. Lisa was one of 12.  I’m now working at The New York Times, while Lisa is recovering from brutal mistreatment at the hands of pimps and johns.

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Is it weird when I’m surprised when people are shocked that there are terrible people in the world and they’re not like Hitler or something, but maybe their next door neighbor or their coworker. Bad people don’t all go live in dark alleys and twirl their mustaches. They have bills to pay too and we know them. I just don’t get the shock.

-~ a brilliant fellow survivor (via goldenphoenixgirl)

(Source: theresalwaysalwayssomething)

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A21 Campaign - August newsletter - Anika

At five years old, Anika was a lucrative beggar. Her parents broke her hips when they moved to Greece from Poland. Her precious innocence and helplessness made her irresistible to any passerby. But when her adolescent charm wore off, the money slowed down, and her parents abandoned her in the city of Athens.

Alone and injured, Anika desperately longed for family and a sense of home.

She was approached by a group of conniving young men. With charming smiles they promised shelter, food, and family.  Thrilled by opportunity, Anika eagerly accepted their generosity.

She was driven to a dark, grungy apartment; it wasn’t the beacon of hope she’d imagined. The cold, dirty walls were her cage as she was beaten and raped constantly. She instantly became a prisoner… an animal… a slave.

As a young teen, Anika was exploited in multiple ways. First, she was sold daily to clients in forced prostitution. Second, she was abused when she didn’t submit to doing domestic chores for her captors. Her body was wounded, and her last bits of spirit were draining day by day.

The sounds of abuse eventually seeped through the apartment walls and something remarkable happened. The neighbors in the apartment building reported their suspicions to Greek police.

When police raided the apartment, they caught a man in the act of raping the young girl. They were able to immediately take the traffickers into custody.

A simple group of concerned citizens saved Anika’s life when they decided they would no longer tolerate injustice.

The A21 staff in Greece welcomed Anika with smiling faces that hid no vile intentions. The walls were decorated with warm colors and inspirational quotes, and for the first time in her life, adults demonstrated love rather than manipulation.

The shelter provided medical care, which helped heal the abuse from her parents and captors. But more importantly, A21 staff empowered Anika to make her own decisions, which helped revive her spirit.

When Anika was taken to the traffickers’ apartment, she was instantly a prisoner. When she entered the A21 shelter, she instantly became a survivor. The word victim is no longer a part of her description. Anika has now returned to Eastern Europe to escape the city where she was so damaged.  She is no longer limited, but has torn down walls to create her own destiny.

In the last three weeks, A21 shelters have welcomed twelve new girls! Twelve new girls will be empowered to make decisions; a right many have not had in years. Twelve new girls are being given the confidence to believe in their dreams again. Twelve new girls are no longer victims, but survivors. Anika’s story does not have to be an exception any longer. There is hope spreading to the hopeless.

(via jam-and-jerusalem)


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.


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.


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
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