Prevention of Human Trafficking
At AAG, our motto is We help you write your own story. It is extremely important to us that the story written is one that personifies an outstanding program of learning, growing culturally and improving both professional and life skills, and not a story where one of our participants gets hurt. The key to protecting our international participants as well as other Americans that might be susceptible to being a victim is education and prevention. We hope this article brings just that type of awareness and moves you to take steps in creating a safer or more secure neighborhood in your community.
As defined by United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, “Trafficking in Persons as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”
Helpful questions in determining whether an individual may be a possible victim:
- Does the person possess their identification and travel documents? Or is someone else controlling their personal documents?
- Can the person freely leave employment or the situation?
- Does the person appear to be malnourished or disoriented with time or their whereabouts?
- Are there guards at work/harboring site or video cameras to monitor and ensure no one escapes?
- Is the person involved with in the modelling, massage or adult entertainment industries?
- Is the person involved with in the domestic servitude, factory or construction/agricultural work environments?
- Is the person unpaid or paid very little?
- Does the person in question avoid eye contact or exhibits unusual about of fear or anxious behavior?
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center is a national, toll-free hotline available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. It is not a law enforcement or immigration authority and is operated by a nongovernmental organization funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. It is staffed by live call specialist and offers translations services in 170 languages.
- Human Trafficking FAQs
- 20 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking
- Department of State Human Trafficking Awareness Training
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