A Growing Problem ...

Child prostitution and slavery is a growing problem worldwide. About 27 million people are bought, sold, held captive, brutalized and exploited for profit.

Trafficking is a direct assault on the basic human rights and lives of men, women and children. It involves the movement of people against their will by means of force, deceit, or coercion for the purpose of sexual or labor exploitation.

Statistics are overwhelming ...

    According to recent U.S. government estimates, 18,000-50,000 persons are trafficked into the United States each year for purposes of sexual exploitation or forced labor. Victims of human trafficking are located in both rural and urban areas of the United States.
    • Over 100,000 children are believed to be involved in commercial sexual exploitation.
    • At least 350,000 juveniles are involved in prostitution.
    • More than 200,000 children are engaged as sex workers.

The Youngest Survivor We’ve Ever Met is Now Safe from Cybersex Trafficking

May 2nd, 2016

CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES,April28,2016
In a heartbreaking rescue operation that led IJM to the youngest victim we have ever encountered, four girls and one boy were rescued from cybersex trafficking yesterday in the Philippines. The five victims—the youngest a baby less than a year old—are now safe at shelters and will receive ongoing care from government and IJM social workers.

Read more of this article here: http://news.ijm.org/the-youngest-survivor-weve-ever-met-is-now-safe-from-cybersex-trafficking/

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Human Trafficking Taskforce of Southern Colorado

May 2nd, 2016

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Human Trafficking Task Force meetings are:
2nd Tuesday of each month
First United Methodist Church
410 N. Nevada
5:30pm - 7:00pm

http://ht-colorado.org/

Room #233
Use Boulder St. Entrance.

Next meeting:
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Our guest speaker will be Kristy, the interim Advocacy Manager at TESSA.

TESSA’s mission is to help women and their children achieve safety and well-being while challenging communities to end sexual and family violence. Since 1977, TESSA has been a resource providing a depth of services to victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in the Pikes Peak region. Today, TESSA has evolved into a multi-faceted agency that includes a confidential Safehouse, Victim Advocacy, Counseling and Children’s Programs, a 24/7 Crisis Line, Rural Advocacy and Community Outreach and Education. Through these efforts, TESSA strives to realize our vision of a safe community free of personal violence for all.

Go to http://www.tessacs.org to visit their website.

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Human Trafficking in Traveling Sales Crews

April 27th, 2016

In 2013, the NHTRC handled 109 cases of potential human trafficking involving sales crews. 14 of these cases involved crisis situations in which the victims required immediate assistance. Based on NHTRC hotline data, cases of labor trafficking within traveling sales crews involve higher percentages of U.S. citizen victims than we are seeing in other labor trafficking industries. Additionally, in 2013, sales crews involved an almost equal number of males and females, which is also unique as compared with most other forms of labor trafficking.

Traveling sales crews typically recruit young men and young women, primarily U.S. citizens, some under the age of 18, who are looking for work and the ability to travel. Victims often have to meet daily sales quotas in order to receive a small allowance, and expenses for food and shelter are deducted from this allowance. These victims often experience physical, sexual, and emotional abuse as a means of control.

Recently, a crew member named Rob* reached out for assistance after being physically assaulted by his manager.

After speaking with an operator at the National Runaway Safeline, Rob, a 19-year-old male who had just been physically assaulted by his manager, was conferenced into the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (NHTRC). The young man explained that he joined a traveling sales crew after seeing a Craigslist advertisement for a lucrative job. The crew sold magazine subscriptions and walked from door to door from 7am until 10pm every day. When the crew members complained or did not meet their daily quotas, their manager prohibited them from eating or made them sleep on the street instead of in the hotel. The NHTRC Call Specialist referred the situation to a nearby service provider who worked with Rob to coordinate shelter and transportation. In addition, the service provider offered to do outreach to the remaining crew members. The service provider helped four other young men leave the sales crew and connected with law enforcement agents who ultimately arrested the manager. Within three days, all five victims purchased bus tickets and returned to their hometowns.

The NTRC developed a webinar entitled Human Trafficking & Traveling Sales Crews to help law enforcement, service providers, and communities gain a better understanding of what traveling sales crews are, how they operate, and what risk factors make traveling sales crew members vulnerable to exploitation and labor trafficking. The webinar, along with several other online training tools, can be found on our website.

*Vignettes are representative of the types of calls received by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline and are meant for informational purposes only. Names, locations, and other identifying information have been changed and/or omitted to preserve the confidentiality of the people we serve.

 

The following content was drawn from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center monthly newsletter. For more information, please call the NHTRC at 1-888-373-7888, text the short code BeFree (233733), or visit the NHTRC at traffickingresourcecenter.org.

This publication was made possible in part through Grant Number 90ZV0102 from the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division, Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division, Office of Refugee Resettlement, or HHS.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC)
24 Hour National Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
Text the short code BeFree (233733)

Click here to view past editions of the NHTRC Newsletter

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Truckers Against Trafficking

April 26th, 2016

Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) recognizes the reality that sex trafficking occurs at truck stops throughout the U.S., and strives to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center frequently receives reports about potential human trafficking originating from TAT members. These reports provide invaluable information used to safeguard victims of sex trafficking and prosecute traffickers.

You can contact TAT at tat.truckers@gmail.com.

https://www.facebook.com/truckersagainstrafficking/

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Investigative Teams Rescue 2 Children

April 25th, 2016

FROM ONE OF OUR SPECIAL INVESTIGATIVE TEAMS ABROAD:

Recently our team funded by an SCTNow grant was monitoring three suspected child-sex tourists who were trying to blend in at an amusement park. While they may have assumed their bizarre interest in kids was normal and misunderstood, they were also aware that they didn’t quite fit in as three men without their families at a children’s event. They must have sensed something and tried to leave quickly, but one was detained by authorities and questioned.

Fortunately, the kids at the park remained safe and the person in question was turned over to their home country on suspicion of being a predator. However, in a feigned attempt to make himself look good he told us about a girl he had seen at a train station, and this information led to our team saving a 13 year old girl who had been trafficked in from another country and had somehow escaped her captors. Our team is now caring for this girl while investigators are on to her traffickers.

Within days our team rescued another girl at the train station, 14 years old, who had run away from home because her stepfather was renting her out, and we have now found safe housing for her.

These two stories are mild compared to others which represent 9 saves in October and November. We are very grateful to our friends in SCTNow and their faithful partners for their recent $7500 grant which has enabled us to continue our work, and we look forward to laboring together both in North America and abroad to not only save vulnerable children but to bring about an end to the ease with which predators and traffickers rob our next generation of their precious childhoods.

SCTNow is committed to funding teams in the US and abroad fighting child sex trafficking.   The two children rescued are two of millions of children around the world victimized through the crime of child sex trafficking. Every child freed, and every predator off the street is one step closer to ending this global atrocity.

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National Human Trafficking Hotline

April 24th, 2016

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national anti-trafficking hotline and resource center serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States. The toll-free hotline is available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in more than 200 languages.

The NHTRC can also be accessed by emailing nhtrc@polarisproject.org, submitting a tip through the online tip reporting form, and visiting the web portal at www.traffickingresourcecenter.org.
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Children of the City book

April 20th, 2016

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This GRIPPING NOVEL on HUMAN TRAFFICKING in AMERICA will shake the nation with awareness, inspire action, and 40% profits to freedom fighting organizations.

Watch the trailer here.

About the Story

No one was looking for them. They were invisible. Forgotten.

When local reporter, Kayla Barrington, crossed paths with an orphan boy on the streets of Denver, Colorado, she didn’t know the world of human trafficking hid in her city. What began as a good-natured lunch date, turned into weekly tutoring, and cautious, tender friendship. Under the facade, though, a highly networked trafficking ring was thriving at the exploitation of children all over Denver. Darkness couldn’t stay quiet forever, and when Kayla was tipped off, a desperate search began.

What started with one boy, led to a destiny of rescue, hope, and redemption. No one else knew these children were there. And she couldn’t walk away.

The Author

Tiffany Pastor is a dreamer with a relentless passion for helping people. She is a polished public speaker who encourages and casts vision with effective boldness. As a Theatre major and alumni of University of Central Florida, Tiffany utilizes the art of storytelling and dramatic dynamics to captivate her audience. After years of writing, speaking, leadership development, and graphic design, Tiffany is thrilled to bring it all together and share her first published novel, as a powerful awareness tool.

Tiffany is honored to serve in Children’s Ministry at a local church with her husband, Luke, where they invest in stronger families and the future generation. Together, they are raising their family, and reside in Colorado Springs, CO.

Tiffany would love to hear from you!

Follow Tiffany on Twitter.

Click here to like Children of the City Facebook page

http://childrenofthecitybook.com/

#COTCbook

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April 2nd, 2015


“if there were no buyers of sex with children, there would be no sex traffickers, and no child victims.”

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