Stop Human Trafficking


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Report Possible Trafficking

  • Call 911 For immediate danger

  • U.S. Department Of Justice -Trafficking in Persons and Worker Exploitation Task Force Complaint Line  888-428-7581.  New laws provide options for trafficking victims regardless of immigration status

  • Rescue & Restore Campaign/Look Beneath the Surface - 24 Hour Trafficking Info & Referral Hotline: 888-3737-888

  • Info or to report possible cases call  National Human Trafficking Hotline - 1-888-373-7888

Safe Houses

Housing

Therapeutic Youth Facilities

  • Devereux 1-800-devereux
  • Oasis 407-846-5294 

VIctim Services / VIctim Advocates

  • Victim Service Center of Central Florida  (Orange / Osceola)  407-254-9415
  • Sexual Assault Hotline (Orange / Osceola) 407-497-6701
  • Florida Abolitionist 407-495-5846

Become Informed

Summary of Human Trafficking

Other Resources

Resource Guide for Social Service Providers.  Social Service providers play an important role in helping victims restore their lives.

Resources For Health Care Workers

Florida Strategic Plan on Human Trafficking

The Victim Service Center of Orange Co

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Trafficking FAQS:

Who is at risk of becoming a victim of human trafficking?
Since human trafficking victims can be men or women, adults or children, and foreign nationals or U.S. citizens, trafficking is a crime that cuts across race, nationality, gender, age, and socio-economic background. However, human traffickers typically prey on individuals who are vulnerable in some way. Some examples of high risk populations include undocumented migrants, runaways and at-risk youth, and oppressed or marginalized groups.

 

Do victims of human trafficking self-identify as a victim of a crime and ask for help immediately?
Often no. Victims of human trafficking often do not seek help immediately, due to lack of trust, self-blame, or being directly trained by traffickers to distrust authorities

 

Does human trafficking only occur in illegal underground industries?
While human trafficking does occur in illegal and underground markets, it can also occur in legal and legitimate settings. For example, common locations of human trafficking include private homes, hotels, nail salons, restaurants, bars, strip clubs, and fake message businesses.

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Human Trafficking

  • Involves the commercial exchange and exploitation of humans including forced prostitution and pornography, involuntary labor, servitude and debt bondage. Human trafficking is a growing problem worldwide, recently rising to the second most common criminal activity behind the illegal drug trade. Florida has been identified as a hub for human trafficking activity, citing one of the highest incidences of human trafficking in the country. 

  • Within 48 Hours of running away, a young person is likely to be solicited for prostitution or another form of commercial sexual exploitation.of running away, a young person is likely to be solicited for prostitution or another form of                          commercial sexual exploitation.

Human Trafficking Statistics:

  • Approximately 800,000 to 900,000 victims annually trafficked across international borders worldwide; between 18,000 and 20,000 victims trafficked into United States annually.

  • More than half of victims trafficked into United States are children; victims are probably about equally women and men.

  • Victims can be trafficked into the U.S. from anywhere in the world. Victims have come from, among other places, Africa, Asia, India, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Russia and Canada.

  • Many victims in the U.S. do not speak English and are unable to communicate with service providers, police, or others who might be able to help them.

  • Within the U.S., both citizens and non-citizens fall prey to traffickers.

  • About $ 32 billion in Total yearly profits are generated by the human trafficking industry.

Florida Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-962-2873  (1-800-96-ABUSE)

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Trafficking FAQS:

What is human trafficking? Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons (TIP), is a modern-day form of slavery.  It is a crime under federal and international law.  It is also a crime in the majority of U.S. states.

 

Does physical violence have to be involved in human trafficking cases?
No. Under federal law, an individual who uses physical or psychological violence to force someone into labor or services or into commercial sex acts is considered a human trafficker. Therefore, while some victims experience beatings, rape, and other forms of physical violence, many victims are controlled by traffickers through psychological means, such as threats of violence, manipulation, and lies.

 

Under the federal definition, are human trafficking victims only foreign nationals or immigrants?
No. The federal definition of human trafficking includes both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals – both are protected under the federal trafficking law and have been since the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000.

 

Do victims always come from a low-income or poor background?
No. Human trafficking victims can come from a range of backgrounds and some may come from middle and upper class families. Poverty is one of many factors that make individuals vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking.

How To Help

Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness

  • Please view volunteer opportunties at Florida Abolitionist on how you can engage in this work.

  • Please join the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force, post on FACEBOOK as they continue to create partnerships to maximize cooperation, collaboration, and effectiveness in combating human trafficking through the establishment of a seamless continuum of services to potential and identified human trafficking victims across the full range of social, medical and legal needs in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible, consistent with best practices in the human trafficking field.  Contact them @ (407) 244-5129 or email 

  • Polaris Project - A World Without  Slavery

  • Human Trafficking Hotline

 

Regional Coalitions:

 

Recognizing the Signs

The following is a list of potential red flags and indicators of human trafficking to help you recognize the signs.

Common Work and Living Conditions: The Individual(s) in Question

  1. Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
  2. Is under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts
  3. Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp / manager
  4. Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
  5. Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
  6. Is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work
  7. Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off
  8. Was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work
  9. High security measures exist in the work and/or living locations (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)

 

Poor Mental Health or Abnormal Behavior

  1. Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
  2. Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement
  3. Avoids eye contact

 

Poor Physical Health

  1. Lacks health care
  2. Appears malnourished
  3. Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture

 

Lack of Control

  1. Has few or no personal possessions
  2. Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records, or bank account
  3. Is not in control of his/her own identification documents (ID or passport)
  4. Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)

 

Other

  1. Claims of just visiting and inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address
  2. Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or do not know what city he/she is in
  3. Loss of sense of time
  4. Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story

 

If you see any of these red flags, contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text to BeFree (233733) for specialized victim services referrals or to report the situation.