Anti-Human Trafficking

What is it?

Human Trafficking is when a person is forced into sexual exploitation or domestic or manual labor by way of:

Force

– confinement and physical and/or sexual abuse

Fraud

– false promises, false affection and lies about working conditions

Coercion

– threats of harm or trouble with law enforcement, isolation and emotional abuse

Signs to look for…

  • Works long hours with no days off and/or has little or no money
  • Is not allowed to speak to people alone or always has someone speaking for him/her
  • Has poor living conditions (such as sleeping at place of employment or sharing a one-bedroom apartment with 15 people)
  • Has a much older and/or controlling boyfriend or girlfriend
  • Has visible signs of abuse such as bruises, cuts, burns, sleep deprivation or malnourishment
  • Many unexcused absences from school
  • Drug addiction
  • Many visits to hospital, doctor’s office or health care clinic for STIs (sexually transmitted infections), illness and/or unexplained injuries

Report suspicious activity

If you suspect that someone is a victim, call local law enforcement; they can respond immediately! You can also contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at:

1-888-373-7888 or text “HELP” or “INFO” to “BeFree” (233733)

 

Mission:

To educate and promote for the prevention and end of human trafficking and to provide help and networks for victims to begin healing.

The Coalition provides presentations throughout the community on human trafficking. If you wish to schedule a presentation for your group, staff or school, please email us at:

HumanTrafficking@MedinaCountyChildrensCenter.org

Volunteer opportunities

The S.O.A.P Project (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) is a form of outreach the Coalition participates in. Trained volunteers help offer the soap free-of-charge to hotels/motels along with posters of missing children in the area. Attached to the soap are stickers with the human trafficking hotline number, so victims can call for help.