Children as young as 11 years old are being sold for sex in the US

 

myth vs. fact

  • Myth:  Sex trafficking doesn’t happen here
  • Fact:  An estimated 100,000 children are trafficked each year in the United States

 

  • Myth:  All traffickers are “strangers”
  • Fact:  A trafficker can be someone you know or your family knows.  Kids are recruited on the internet, in schools, in parks, at malls.  Any child is vulnerable.

 

  • Myth:  I would know if my child was at risk
  • Fact:  A child may be living at home, attending school and STILL BEING SOLD FOR SEX

Protect Our Children: Educate Yourself

Trafficked Teens is a project of the San Antonio section of the National Council of Jewish Women developed to help raise awareness about trafficking.  For more information on this project and/or to schedule a presentation, fill out the form on our Contact page.

Indications that a child is a victim

  • Red flags for parents, teachers, coaches, and family members
  • Unexplained gifts, jewelry or cell phones
  • A controlling boyfriend or relationship
  • Vague and inconsistent stories about activities and whereabouts
  • Marked changes in behavior and speech
  • Hidden phone/computer communications
  • Online presence indicates sexual activity
  • Chronically runs away from home
  • Unexplained absences from school
  • Red flags for medical personnel service providers and for the public
  • Claims to be an adult but has adolescent features
  • Won’t make eye contact
  • Shows signs of abuse or neglect
  • Responses and IDs controlled by someone else
  • Appears afraid, depressed, nervous, defensive
  • “Branded” with unexplained tattoo
  • Indicates or implies has engaged in sex for money

Do Not Intervene Directly!

If you suspect someone is being trafficked or you want more information

Call:  911 and then 888-373-7888 or

Text:  INFO or HELP to 233-733 (Be Free)

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center toll-free hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Calls are anonymous and confidential.

For more information on this program, please email us at trafficked@ncjwsa.org.

 


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