Free the People Movement exists to end human trafficking through intentional connections and strategically educating our communities. Free the People Movement works in collaboration with local and existing organizations toward the elimination and prevention of human trafficking by offering Partner Support, Presentations, Training, Networking, and Legislative Support.
Let’s face some facts:
- Both boys and girls are victims of human trafficking, and nationally, every race, socio-economic class, and religion has reported victims of human trafficking.
- The average ‘beginning’ age of a victim of human trafficking is 13 years old.
- While it is estimated that there are over 27 million people who are trafficked every year across the globe, hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children are trafficked every year right here in the United States.
- Nationally, studies completed in 2006 indicated that 1 in every 3 youth that are on the street are approached by a trafficker within 48 hours of being on the street.
- Human trafficking has been reported in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and in some U.S. territories.
What Is Human Trafficking?
Anyone could be a victim of human trafficking, but there are a few things that make a person more ‘at risk’ to be exploited.
- The Physically Vulnerable (age, gender, etc)
- The Culturally Vulnerable (children in secondary placements, minority people groups, etc)
- Those who have history of being abused, neglected, or were witness to violence
- Those who Lack of Rooted Support System
- Those who Lack of Familial Involvement
Many victims do not self-identify as “human trafficking victims” due to lack of knowledge about the crime itself and also power and control dynamics involved in trafficking situations. A victim of human trafficking may:
- Seem tearful, anxious, fearful or paranoid. Avoid eye contact.
- Have unexplained bruises or cuts or other signs of physical abuse.
- Never is alone and/or always has someone translating or answering questions on their behalf.
- Not be in control of their own finances, identifying information, or schedules.
- Presents with secrecy, inconsistency, or unable to answer questions.
- Inability to leave their job or residence.
- Is under 18 and providing commercial sex acts. Or unwillingly providing commercial sex acts at any age.
- Is afraid of law enforcement or receiving help from an outside entity.