10 Ways To Be Aware in Neighborhoods

Ten signs of sex trafficking in your neighborhood, and home:
 

  1. A home that attracts a lot of car traffic, day and night
  2. Unusual amount of people living in the same home or apartment with seemingly odd habits
  3. A group of girls living together in an apartment or house- with 24/7 traffic
  4. Lurking, slow-driving vehicles at your parks, school or neighborhood bus stop- wherever children gather
  5. Appearance of locks on doors or windows that are keeping people in, not out
  6. A woman, or girl, anxiously trying to get the attention of men at gas stations or convenient stores
  7. A child has become secretive, spending a lot of time alone in their room
  8. A child’s shiny personality has become dull- they’ve withdrawn and seem sad and have a drastic change in appearance 
  9. A child seems unusually and increasingly attached to their phone
  10. A child talks about new friends they’ve met on the internet, and is detaching from old friends

What You Can Do

Five things you can do to help STOP sex trafficking in MN:

  1. If you are suspicious of a home, an apartment, or activity in your neighborhood, call your local law enforcement- pay attention to things like faces, license plates, dates and times
  2. If a woman, child, or neighbor comes to you for help, call the Safe Harbor 24-hour Crisis Line: (800) 291-2139
  3. Learn simple steps on how to be a smart-phone and internet-savvy parent at www.netsmartz.org
  4. If your child presents any of the symptoms of being groomed by a sex trafficker, talk to a counselor at school, a therapist, or call Terebinth Refuge @ (320) 828-7721. Do not respond with shock or panic as this will cause the child to shut down
  5. Share this email with everyone on your contact list and in your neighborhood- Be Aware and Share!
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DID YOU KNOW?

“In the United States, as many as 2.8 million kids run way from home every year. Within 48 hours of being on the run they will be approached by a pimp, trafficker or perpetrator looking to sexually exploit them."

10 Ways to Be Aware in Schools

Be Aware: In Your Schools

Ten signs that a child/student might be a victim of sex trafficking:

  1. Unexplained absences from school for a period of time, and then returning
  2. Frequent trips to nurse’s office—unexplained bruises or other physical trauma; requests concerning sexual issues
  3. Decline in grades and dropping out of school activities
  4. Withdrawn, fearful and secretive—drops long-term friendships
  5. Makes reference to frequent travel to other towns and cities
  6. Inappropriately dressed—based on age, weather and surroundings
  7. Demonstrates a sudden change in attire, behavior or material possessions (expensive ones)
  8. Has a “significant other” that is noticeably older (10+ years) than her, or in some cases, him
  9. Highly and fearfully attached to cell phone
  10. Engages in promiscuous behavior and may be labeled “fast” by peers

What You Can Do

Five things you can do to help STOP sex trafficking in MN:

  1. If you suspect a child might be a victim, call your local law enforcement
  2. If a child/student comes to you for help, call the Safe Harbor 24-hour Crisis Line: (800) 291-2139
  3. To further educate school professionals, or a parent’s group, or for answers to any questions regarding sex trafficking, call Terebinth Refuge: 320-828-7721
  4. Show your support and wear blue on Thursday, January 11th! It’s National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
  5. Share this email with everyone in your contact list who might be around, or work with, children/students on a regular basis. Be Aware and Share!

DID YOU KNOW?

According to Rebecca Kotz of the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center, children in all levels of our schools are accessing hardcore pornography on their school laptops and tablets. It is not a question of if children will see porn, but a matter ofwhen. This is what grooms children into both victims and perpetrators of sexual violence and trafficking.