“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”
We love to share about what we are doing and create awareness in our community. Yes, this is a dark and heavy subject, but really, there is hope. The more awareness there is about the problem, the more people we have pooling their resources (financial and creativity) to create change, the better the future is going to be for our tomorrow. To have us come speak to your group, please click here.
Education is the key to bringing systemic change to the entangled spiral of human trafficking. We use every platform possible to bring awareness and advocate. From the stories on our hang tags to speaking to any and every people group.
Prevention is the fastest way we are committed to reaching the youth of today when self-awareness and personal worth are dim. Mercy Street is a faith-based street outreach in partnership with law enforcement for individuals to get tangibly involved in our community
Keep an eye out. Whether you are an educator in a school, or in the health care field, or a public place like a retail store, even if you are stopped at a truck stop or gas station while traveling, keep an eye out for signs. If you think you see what could be a trafficking victim, call the hotline immediately at 1-888-373-7888.
Warning signs that an individual is being trafficked:
- Signs of physical abuse such as burns, bruises or cuts
- May be seen with older “boyfriend” who is very controlling, makes all the decisions for her.
- Unexplained absence from school, truancy
- Less appropriately dressed than before
- Sexualized behavior
- Overly tired or falls asleep in class
- Withdrawn, depressed or distracted
- Braggs about having or making a lot of money
- Displays expensive clothes, shoes and accessories
- New tattoo (Tattoos are often used by pimps as a way of branding victims)
- Older boyfriend, new friends with a different lifestyle, or gang involvement
- Disjointed family connections, running away, living with friends, or experiencing homelessness
Pimps/Traffickers often exhibit the following behaviors or characteristics:
- Jealous, controlling and violent
- Significantly older than female companions
- Promise things that seem to be too good to be true
- Encourage victims to engage in illegal activities to achieve their goals and dreams
- Buys expensive gifts or own expensive items
- Is vague about his/her profession
- Pushy or demanding about sex
- Encourages inappropriate sexual behavior
- Makes the victim feel responsible for his or her financial stability. Very open about financial matters.
- May get to know the family of the victim then turn them against her/him or use knowledge of the family to threaten and coheres his will (e.g. “It sure would be ashamed if something were to happen to your little brother Timmy on the way home from school because you ran away”)