Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
January 11th is the nationally recognized day for sex trafficking awareness and prevention. Do you know how to spot a victim of human trafficking?
As part of our commitment to ECPAT International, we want to help you learn.
Recognizing the following 13 indicators from DHS.gov is a great first step in identifying victims and, potentially, saving a life:
Does the person appear disconnected from family, friends, community organizations, or houses of worship?
Has a child stopped attending school?
Has the person had a sudden or dramatic change in behavior?
Is a juvenile engaged in commercial sex acts?
Is the person disoriented or confused, or showing signs of mental or physical abuse?
Does the person have bruises in various stages of healing?
Is the person fearful, timid, or submissive?
Does the person show signs of having been denied food, water, sleep, or medical care?
Is the person often in the company of someone to whom he or she defers? Or someone who seems to be in control of the situation, e.g., where they go or who they talk to?
Does the person appear to be coached on what to say?
Is the person living in unsuitable conditions?
Does the person lack personal possessions and appear not to have a stable living situation?
Does the person have freedom of movement? Can the person freely leave where they live? Are there unreasonable security measures?
Not all indicators listed above are present in every human trafficking situation, and the presence or absence of any of the indicators is not necessarily proof of human trafficking. But it's important to arm yourself with knowledge so that we can all fight this battle together.
On behalf of Cadence and ECPAT International, thank you!