Human trafficking is rampant in today’s society, no matter what region of the world you live in. There are more slaves today than at any time in human history, and it is becoming the number one crime internationally, followed closely by drug trafficking. Why this pervading rise in the commercialization of humans? Because predators prey upon the impoverished and less fortunate, something that can sadly be found in every civilization. It doesn’t just happen “over there.” It happens everywhere, and the more we can be aware of it and educate every community, the more we can stem the epidemic tide.
The crimes of human trafficking include everything from sex and human trafficking, disfiguration, foster children being sold into slavery, rape, and murder. Trafficking of persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, millions of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims.
Women and children are especially vulnerable to this form of commercialization. Although every person can be at risk, according to the International Labour Organization, it is estimated that of the 20.9 million victims of trafficking globally, 26% of them are children, and 55% are women and girls. According to ILO, traffickers are making $150 billion a year from these forms of slavery. Traffickers use all forms of manipulation and fear, including violence and threat of violence, deceit, debt bondage, shaming, threatening family members, and many many other manipulative tactics to force the results they want from their unwilling victims.
Has injuries or other signs of abuse and is reluctant to explain. them.
Branded or marked with a tattoo, such as a man's name, symbol of money, or a barcode
Dressed in a provocative mannger or in the same clothes, regardless of weather or circumstance.
Has very few personal possessions.
Has an unexplained, sudden increase in money, clothing, or possessions like jewelry without explanation.
Doesn't carry identification.
Has a number of hotel keys or key cards.
Has a prepaid cell phone.
Fears authority figures.
Claims to be an adult, though their appearance suggests adolescence.
Seems to move frequently from place to place.
Talks about an older boyfriend or sex with an older man.
Has inconsistencies in their story.
Claims to be visiting, and can’t state what city they’re in or for how long.
Isn’t able to speak for themselves.
Has sexually explicit profiles on social networking sites.
Is not enrolled in school or is consistently absent.
Seems to be withdrawn, depressed, or “checked out.
Accompanied by someone who seems to control their every move.
Seems scripted in the way they speak.
Doesn't have control over their own money.
Can't come and go from place to place on their own.
SHEROES United’s mission is two-fold. The first is to develop programs worldwide where every community has preventative education and empowerment programs for children and women in their own back yards. In addition, SHEROES reaches out worldwide to share evidence, legislation that works, patterns, threats, crises and, especially, solutions.
Prevention Programs: SHEROES United has currently begun running pilot programs with an accredited training program to PREVENT human trafficking among high-school students, high-risk youth populations, adult and juvenile transition centers (before and after jail/prison), halfway houses and so many more. We would love you to get involved, donate, or become accredited to present the personal education and leadership program in your region of the world. Please contact us with questions and for more information.
SHEROES Forum: We are collecting stories of victorious women who have overcome the trauma and abuse of human trafficking, and who continue to thrive and be incredible role models to other women, children and more.