One thing that has is a zero-tolerance policy against human trafficking. We’re advocates of making it impossible for these crimes to happen and helping the victims of these harsh crimes regain their freedom.

How have I done my part? Well, I’ve been known to investigate these classified sites and publish my findings as well as help consumers understand that they may be partaking in illegal activity more so than just hiring a prostitute or escort. This crime is much deeper and the victims don’t deserve it.

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Human Traffickers Definition

There are plenty of definitions out there but this type of activity is best described as the recruitment, harbouring, or transporting of people into a situation that involves exploiting them through any type of violence, coercion, deception, force, fraud, or anything of that type in order to obtain some form of labor or a commercial sex act.

There are millions of people that have become victims of this crime. It’s 100% something that I do NOT condone and in fact, I’m doing my part to help prevent people from connecting with those victims and by doing so, partaking in illegal activity.

Consider this your resource in order to put an end to human trafficking in the United States and throughout the world in general.

We’ve provided various resources for those who may be dealing with this issue or those who believe someone they know has fallen victim to this criminal behavior. If you see something, say something!

The first resource I want to share with you is the phone number for the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Please, call them if you need help.

How to Report Human Trafficking

Below are many phone numbers and websites of places you can get in touch with if you ever suspect something fishy is going on.  Please do not hesitate to use these resources and pass them along to anyone who may benefit from having them at their disposal.

National Human Trafficking Hotline
Phone: 1-888-373-7888
SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”)
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Languages: English, Spanish and 200 more languages

Anti-Slavery International
Phone: +44 (0)20 7501 8920

Department of Homeland Security
Phone: 1-866-347-2423

Phone: (202) 790-6300

Additionally, it’s important that you know what signs to look for in situations where someone may be being taken advantage of.

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Signs of Human Trafficking Perpetrators and Their Profile

Making it difficult to find the perpetrators of this heinous crime is the fact that the people, who can be called johns, pimps, or even traffickers, aren’t really typecast as a certain stereotype.  They come from all walks of life, races, and social statuses.  While some may be gang-affiliated, others are totally solo on their mission to profit from the misfortune of misled, or drug-induced individuals.  Some of the perps can even be women, which gives the misled women (the victims) a false sense of trust.

The victims, as I touched on, are often leaving a life of misfortune and perhaps getting out of a situation that was abusive, and they are scooped up by the traffickers who promise to provide essentials to them such as food, shelter, and clothes.  Some will pose as a sugar daddy type and befriend them and create trust before taking advantage of the situation and bringing them into prostitution.

The FBI has stated that most traffickers use many methods to control their victims.  Drugs, food, shelter, and even promises of financial gains in the future are all used to create a false sense of security over the short term.  Some are looking for a better lifestyle, and are even promised that by the perps, and due to so many past letdowns, they fall for it.  In short, a trafficker is very good of taking advantage of people.

Some victims are raped or tortured to the point where they are afraid of their pimps.  Others have their identity controlled, their bank accounts and passports taken, and basically, their freedom revoked, while being forced to work in the sex industry.

How to Identify a Victim Being Trafficked

While it may be hard to spot someone who is currently being trafficked and controlled, there are many signs that you can look for.  The victims are often people who have some serious vulnerability issues, which can range from being homeless, illegal, addicted to drugs or alcohol, physically or emotionally disabled, or just depressed.

People who are generally unstable are often the prey here. No youth is safe, and it’s widely reported that traffickers find troubled youth at malls, schools, parks, and even homeless shelters.

As far as human trafficking luring tactics, a runaway is a prime target, especially if they just decided to leave home.

Warning Signs to Look For

Getting right down to it, these are the warning signs of someone that may be under someone’s control:

  • Exhaustion in public or school
  • Signs of physical abuse (bruises, burns, cuts)
  • Absences
  • Dirty and unkept look and clothing
  • Depression
  • Lack of interest in activities
  • Lack of friends and social life / status
  • Hangs with older boyfriend
  • Tattoos in the form of branding
  • Into drugs and alcohol
  • Gang affiliation
  • Shows off new clothing and possessions

If you notice one or more of these traits on someone who suspect is being trafficked, don’t hesitate to contact the resources above.  You could be saving someone’s life.

Human Traffickers Statistics

Credit goes out to the Polaris Project for the amazing display of reporting the statistics on just how rampant trafficking of humans is.

According to the International Labour Organization, there are 40.3 million victims worldwide.

  • 81% are entirely stuck and are being forced into labor.
  • 25% are minors.
  • 75% are female.

This industry is a $150 BILLION global industry.  

75 countries have been identified making 148 goods by a combination of forced and child labor.

One of seven runaways from a 2017 report were estimated to be likely involved in child sex trafficking and reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

88% of the above children were in the care of social service or foster homes when this happened.

Human Trafficking in the United States

The United States is one of the worst places in the world, according to a 2018 report.  The top three include the US, Mexico, and the Philippines.