What is Human Trafficking? Human trafficking is modern-day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. * Trafficking in Persons http://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2013/210543.htm
NATIONALLY An estimated 14,500 to 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States each year. *Polaris Project An estimated 100,000 American children are being exploited in the commercial sex industry annually. *Richard Estes and Neil Weiner In America, victims of pimp- controlled sex trafficking are commonly forced to meet quotas of $500 to $1,000 a night! *Polaris Project * Polaris Project, http://www.cicatelli.org/titlex/downloadable/Human%20Trafficking%20Statistics.pdf *Richard Estes and Neil Weiner, http://www.fairgirls.org/page/exploitation-define#_ftn1 *Polaris Project, http://www.polarisproject.org/human-trafficking/sex-trafficking-in-the-us/street-prostitution)
LOCALLY National human trafficking hotlines receive more calls from Texas than any other state in the US other than California. *NHTRC Annual Report 15% of those calls are from the Dallas- Fort Worth area *Polaris Project 20% of all human trafficking in the US comes through Texas at some point. *Guardian.co.uk *NHTRC Annual Report 2012, https://na4.salesforce.com/sfc/p/300000006E4S/a/600000004PlZ/47lRsyXQV9JNd6yevHbHQC4gkgKlV1UqATVmJ61jF_o=) *Polaris Project; polarisproejct.org/state-map/texas *Guardian.co;uk http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/18/human-trafficking-usa-texas
THE TRUTH Average age to enter into pornography or prostitution: 12 *Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Efforts to Combat Against Children 70% of victims have experienced physical or sexual abuse in their homes. *Shared Hope Over 1.68 million American children run away each year. *Shared Hope *Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Efforts to Combat Crimes Against Children. Office of the Inspector General. Audit Report 09-08. *Sharedhope.org, http://sharedhope.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Infographic_DMST.pdf *Sharedhope, http://sharedhope.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Infographic_DMST.pdf
VICTIM VULNERABILITY Age Significantly older boyfriend Signs of trauma (physical or other) Past physical or sexual abuse in their homes Travel with older male (not guardian) Chronic runaway Multiple delinquent charges Homelessness Special marked tattoos Substance abuse Unusual amount of school absences *Sharedhope.org, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in the U.S.; http://sharedhope.org/wp- content/uploads/2012/12/Infographic_DMST.pdf
THE LINK Buyers are of all ages, occupations, and ethnicities Average age to first buy sex: 21 years *Shared Hope America’s fascination with pornography and prostitution is linked to demand. Those who purchase pornography are fueling the commercial sex industry and contributing to the exploitation of America’s children.
PROFILE OF A PIMP Anyone who profits by receiving cash or other benefits in exchange for sex with a minor Include family, friends, and “boyfriends” Sell anywhere from 20-800 individual women in their lifetime *Shared Hope Up to 90% of victims are under control of a pimp. *Shared Hope *Sharedhope.org, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in the U.S.; http://sharedhope.org/wp- content/uploads/2012/12/Infographic_DMST.pdf *Sharedhope.org, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in the U.S., http://sharedhope.org/wp- content/uploads/2012/09/Infographic)DMST_with_sources.pdf
LOCAL PROJECTS Raising Awareness and educating people about human trafficking. Street Outreach: provide safety for sex trafficked victims Rescue Her Alliance: students dedicated to raise awareness and fight human trafficking.
Rescue Her Runway: a fashion show that exists to raise funds to end trafficking. Rescue Her Vision Dinner: benefit dinner to raise funds for a safe- home in India. Color run: a race to raise funds for the future rescue home in Chennai, India LOCAL PROJECTS
INDIA Safe-home in Chennai, India for underage girls who have been rescued from sex trafficking. Trafficking prevention in India through providing street girls with sponsors to get them into a safe home and a good education.
CAMBODIA Supporting aftercare for rescued girls in Cambodia through our partners at SHE, which is a safe home for underage girls. Mission trips are taken to Cambodia every year, and mission trips are scheduled based upon the needs of our partners.
MOLDOVA Micro-enterprise to support survivors of human trafficking in Moldova. Camp Flourish in Moldova: a camp for orphaned, high risk teen girls to come and learn vocational skills, life-skills and be educated on trafficking to empower them to say no to traffickers and earn an honest living
MISSION TRIPS Every year, Rescue Her takes a trip to Cambodia to visit the SHE Home in Cambodia. Rescue Her has also hosted Camp Flourish in Moldova to teach skills to girls in order to enable them to be able to make a living and stay out of trafficking.
Volunteer with Rescue Her Local or international outreaches Speak at awareness event booths Spread awareness one on one Your sphere of influence Stay up to date on new laws Texas Advocacy Day to End Human Trafficking YOU CAN HELP
Become a local expert on human trafficking through ongoing education. Help us organize and execute a fundraising event to benefit Rescue Her. Sign up to be a part of Rescue Her Alliance!
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