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January is Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

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Around the world, people are helping bring awareness of human trafficking and ways to take action.
The Tulare County DAs Office and Human Trafficking Taskforce will be launching an awareness campaign that includes large newspaper ads, television PSAs in English and Spanish (To be available on YouTube) and spots on Good Morning America, radio PSAs, banners on public transits, billboards, and social media. They will also be distributing navy blue ribbons for human trafficking awareness.

Here are some ways you can get involved:
1. Save The National Human Trafficking Hotline number and text line on your phone: 888-373-7888 and 233733 (BeFree). Take one minute to be equipped to potentially be a lifeline. The hotline is a one stop human trafficking resource, from general information to immediate assistance and intervention and many victims have gotten help through the hotline.  Our local agencies will be contacted when needed. The text line (text INFO or HELP)  is used most by victims.

2. Watch and show Chosen/Chosen Gang Edition. These sex trafficking prevention by Shared Hope Int’l were created to educate youth about sex trafficking and what to do. See more here
Watch/ Show Dreams Die Hard, a documentary on labor and sex trafficking in America. (These films and more videos are available in our library and on our YouTube Playlist)

3. Post Human Trafficking Outreach Posters. The Tulare County DAs Office produces trilingual posters that help victims self identify and seek help. We need help getting these up around Tulare County. They are required by law at some locations, but needed everywhere. Contact TCDAO at 559-636-5471.

4. Learn the signs of trafficking If you have not been trained, familiarize yourself with the red flags of possible human trafficking. Read more here.

5. Help improve the GraceCity App. We still need businesses, agencies, organizations, churches, and individuals to sign up as a resource to human trafficking victims and other victims of exploitation in Tulare County. See our page here for more info and if you qualify as a resource provider.

6. Implement Freedom Sunday with your church or group on March 9 (or February 7). Join with churches aNavy Blueround the Central Valley in focusing on awareness, prayer, and action with your faith group. See here for more details.

7. Wear a navy blue ribbon, the color for human trafficking awareness. Share what you know about human trafficking to those who ask and are interested and share our ways to get involved.

8. Follow the Tulare County DA’s Office and Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council on Facebook to be updated on education, resources, and opportunities throughout the month.

 

Spot Trafficking While Travelling

We are coming upon a season when many of us will be on the road travelling. While at rest stops and airports, you may come upon a potential trafficking situation.

In a story in IJReview,  A  trucker shared how he faced such a situation this year and became a lifeline to someone trapped in sex trafficking. He happened to see the face of a distraught girl in a windoof an RV and activity that tipped him off to what was happening. He called authorities who arrested two traffickers and rescued a 20-year old female. See the article and video here.

Shared Hope Int’l provides a fact sheet on signs of trafficking while travelling. This includes terms pertaining to sex trafficking one might overhear and signs one may observe about the potential victim, the environment, and circumstances. Download and print to review and have handy when you are travelling.

If you see a potential trafficking situation, you can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline,  888-373-7888, wherever you are at for assistance. They can contact the appropriate local responders and provide guidance to callers.

Are you a trucker or travel frequently? You can be an important aid by being a lookout for potential trafficking. Get resources and assistance from Truckers Against Human Trafficking.

Even if you aren’t a trucker, the Truckers Against Trafficking phone app provides signs of trafficking and numbers to call and is a great resource for anyone.

If you are planning on flying, CNN Freedom Project provide a list of signs, compiled from human trafficking response organizations, to look for in an educational article this summer (visit article for details). These might not mean someone is being trafficked, but could be an indicator. If you suspect a trafficking situation, contact airport authorities, police, or the National Human Trafficking Hotline:

1. A traveler is not dressed appropriately for their route of travel.

2. They have a tattoo with a bar code, the word “Daddy.”

3.  They can’t provide details of their departure location, destination, or flight information.

4.  Their communication seems scripted, or there are inconsistencies with their story

5. They can’t move freely in an airport or on a plane, or they are being controlled, closely watched or followed.

6 .  They are afraid to discuss themselves around others, deferring any attempts at conversation to someone who appears to be controlling them.

7. Child trafficking: A child being trafficked for sexual exploitation may be dressed in a sexualized manner, or seem to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A child may appear to be malnourished and/or shows signs of physical or sexual abuse, such as bruises, scars, or cigarette burns.

Main tip: If anything seems “off,” contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Operators are trained to help you.

Click on the image to go to the Truckers Against Trafficking website.
Click on the image to go to the Truckers Against Trafficking website.