In recent years there has been growing awareness of Child Sex Trafficking. Here are WARNING SIGNS to watch for:
- Signs of physical abuse such as burn marks, bruises or cuts
- Unexplained absences from school, truancy
- Less appropriately dressed than before
- Sexualized behavior
- Overly tired or falls asleep in class
- Withdrawn, depressed, or distracted
- Brags about making or having lots of money
- Displays expensive clothes, accessories, or shoes
- New tattoo (tattoos often used by pimps as a way to brand victims.)
- Older boyfriend, new friends with a different lifestyle, or gang involvement
- Disjointed family connections, running away, living with friends, or experiencing homelessness
COMMON BEHAVIORS OF PIMPS/TRAFFICKERS
- Jealous, controlling and violent
- Significantly older than female companions
- Promise things that seem too good to be true
- Encourage victims to engage in illegal activities to achieve their goals and dreams
- Buys expensive gifts or owns expensive items
- Is vague about his/her profession
- Pushy or demanding about sex
- Encourages inappropriate sexual behavior
- Makes the victim feel responsible for his/her financial stability. Very open about financial matters.
Myth – Traffickers are always strangers to victims, using kidnapping to acquire victims.
Reality = Like sexual abusers, traffickers are also known to victims, including family or partners.
Signs of control: monitoring, isolation, canned stories, financial dependence, anxiety about sexual history or work responsibilities
- Has s/he ever asked you to do something you were uncomfortable with?
- Are you being monitored or watched by him/her?
- What do you think would happen if you didn’t do what s/he asked you to do?
- Are you able to keep any of the money you earn or have access to finances?
For more info, contact:
National Human Trafficking Hotline
Courtesy of Shared Hope International, www.SharedHope.org