Warning signs citizens should know to be aware of Human Trafficking
Tips on what people can do when they’re suspicious of a potential human trafficking case. Unfortunately, children and adolescents are used in a $150 billion annual “market”, these crimes are way more prevalent than most people realize.
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The experts at Devereux have offered tips about how to spot signs of human trafficking and how to help if you do.
Recognize the Warning Signs
Some of the signs of human trafficking in youth include:
- Repeated runaways
- Having extra money or unexplainable access to new possessions
- Frequent school absences and/or a sudden change in academic performance
- Questionable friends or the presence of a controlling friend/boyfriend
- Fearful, submissive, depressed or anxious behavior
- Withdrawn or lack of interest in preferred activities
- Increased time spent on social media
- Gang involvement
What Can I Do?
Get involved any way you can. The only way to end human trafficking is for organizations, community leaders and the public to work together.
Report abuse. If you suspect a child or teen is a victim, please call the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE. If you believe you are a victim of human trafficking or suspect an adult is a victim of human trafficking, please call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-800-373-7888.
Become a foster parent. If you are not able to foster a child, then encourage others to consider providing the opportunity to change someone’s life. Call 407-259-0056 or email FLFosterCare@devereuxfl.org.
Get involved. Learn more about the organizations dedicated to providing a path of healing for survivors of sexual exploitation.