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Spring Break: Make a Difference On Your Way

Before you even start reading…write down the phone number pictured above in your wallet or in your phone.

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Spring break is a little less than 2 weeks away. For those of us who are driving somewhere, it is possibly the most important time to be on the lookout for sex-trafficking situations. At Asbury, we are overloaded with the awareness part of the issue, but we rarely feel like we are making a difference.

Here’s your chance to go out into the real world on your way home! This is what you can do:

1. Contact Laura MacFarland for chapstick with the National Human Trafficking Hotline phone number on it. You can put them in rest stops and restaurants on your way home. Truck stops and rest stops are the most popular places for sex-trafficked girls and boys to be working.

 

2. Observe what’s going on around you:

Common work and living conditions for sex-trafficked girls and boys that can be observed or found out:

  • High security measures in the work and/or living locations (opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, etc.)
  • Under 18 and providing commercial sex acts
  • Not allowed any breaks (or there are strong restrictions on breaks)
  • Owes a large debt and cannot pay it off
  • Recruited under false promises 

 Body language:

  • Fearful, anxious, tense, paranoid
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Reacts to bringing up law enforcement
  • Looks malnourished
  • Shows signs of physical abuse, confinement, etc.

 Lack of control:

  • Few or no possessions
  • No control over money, bank account, identification
  • Not allowed to speak for him/herself

 Lack of knowledge of:

  • Where he/she is
  • Time
  • Where he/she is staying

 

3. Act right away: If you observe something, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 or text to BeFree (233733)

 

**This post is based on information taken from: http://www.polarisproject.org/human-trafficking/recognizing-the-signs