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Human Trafficking Resources
January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a time to learn more about this underreported and often misunderstood crime, highlight the needs of victims and survivors, and learn from the lived experience of those who have endured trafficking and sexual exploitation.
This page contains links to national resources, content developed by survivors, and resources recommended by survivors specific to sex trafficking.
Defining the Issue
The National Human Trafficking Hotline defines human trafficking as “the business of stealing freedom for profit.”
Sex trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals perform commercial sex through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Minors under the age of 18 engaging in commercial sex are considered to be victims of human trafficking, regardless of the use of force, fraud, or coercion.
A Note About Trafficking Statistics
“Human trafficking is our society’s most underreported violent crime despite its prevalence. Lack of understanding among service providers, law enforcement officials, and victims themselves is one of the major reasons behind this. Despite the increasing awareness and media coverage, much work is still needed to address the issue at hand. While the listed sources for statistics provide some credibility, it is important to acknowledge that the actual number of victims is much greater than what is reported.”
Angie Conn, Survivor, Speaker & Trainer
Voices of Lived Experience
Angie Conn shares her story.
Russell Wilson shares his story.
Mercy Dizon shares her story.
John-Michael Lander shares his story.
Jess Torres shares their spoken word poem, FIREFLOWER.
Alyssa Marie Gomez shares her powerful poem, As the Story Goes
Information & Resources
Below are links to additional information and resources recommended by survivors.
Love146 journeys alongside children impacted by trafficking today and prevents the trafficking of children tomorrow. Their vision is the end of child trafficking and exploitation. Nothing less.
Ending the Game works to reduce recidivism by breaking bonds of attachment to traffickers and “The Game” lifestyle. They provide training to professionals and community members.
Sponsored by The Foundation United, the Cool Aunt Series is an online prevention course for young people using engaging and age-appropriate cinema, storytelling, lecture, and questions.
Blue Campaign is a national public awareness campaign designed to educate the public, law enforcement, and other industry partners to recognize and appropriately respond to human trafficking.
World Without Exploitation is a community of organizations and individuals who share a vision and seek to leverage our unique skills and different backgrounds in the fight to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Safe House Project works to increase survivor identification through education, provide emergency services and placement to survivors, and ensure every survivor can access quality safe housing and holistic care.
Published by Polaris, results of the first National Survivor Study sheds light on survivors’ experiences and perceptions of the institutions, structures, and organizations that impact their ability to achieve positive livelihood outcomes.
SWATCH is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide visibility, safety, and healing to Gender Diverse Sex Workers and Survivors of Crime through arts based intervention and basic needs provision. We believe that every person is entitled to a better life, full of opportunities.
Shared Hope International is dedicated to bringing and end to sex trafficking through a three-pronged approach of prevention, restoration, and justice. They have compiled numerous multimedia resources for individuals and professionals.
A national survivor-led nonprofit transforming the growth of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ survivors of domestic trafficking and those impacted by the commercial sex industry.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was created to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events.
NCMEC is the nation’s largest and most influential child protection organization. We lead the fight to protect children, creating vital resources for them and the people who keep them safe.