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Unraveling the Truth About Human Trafficking.

What is human trafficking?

Human trafficking is a grave and pervasive issue that extends its dark reach into various forms across America and around the world. It's important to understand that there are more than 25 different types of human trafficking in America alone. At the Mid-Columbia Human Trafficking Task Force, we are committed to shedding light on these realities, educating our communities, and taking action to end human trafficking.

Join us in our mission to combat human trafficking and protect the vulnerable.

Unravel the Signs and Take Action.

Identify Human Trafficking

ACT

The trafficker must commit one or more of the following acts:

  • Recruit Person / People
  • Transport Them
  • Transfer Them
  • House / Keep Them Somewhere
  • Receive People
  • Give / Receive Benefits

Means

Using one or more of the following means:

  • Violence
  • Threat of Violence
  • Coercion
  • Abduction
  • Deception
  • Fraud
  • Abuse of Power

PURPOSE

For the purpose of exploitation in one or more of the following forms:

  • Prostitution
  • Pornography
  • Dancing
  • Erotic Massage
  • Forced Labor

Recognizing Potential Victims and Taking Action

Signs of Trafficking Victims

UNUSUALLY EXHAUSTED

Victims of trafficking often endure grueling schedules and are subjected to physical and emotional abuse. If someone appears persistently tired, despite no apparent reason, it may be a sign of their involvement in trafficking.

Sudden Expensive “Gifts”

Traffickers may groom victims with lavish gifts or expensive items as a manipulation tactic. If someone suddenly possesses items they couldn't afford, it could indicate coercion or control.

Has A Much Older Partner

Misrepresenting age or being in a relationship with a significantly older partner can be red flags. Traffickers often use these tactics to exert control over victims.

Morals and Value Changes:

Trafficking can lead to significant changes in a person's values and morals. Victims may engage in activities they previously found morally objectionable due to coercion or manipulation.

New Tattoo or “Brand”

Traffickers may mark their victims with tattoos or brands as a form of ownership. If someone suddenly has an unexplained tattoo, it's a concerning sign.

Carries Multiple Cell Phones

Traffickers often control victims through multiple means of communication. Carrying multiple cell phones may indicate they're under someone's control.

Self-Isolation From Friends/Family

Isolation is a common tactic used by traffickers to maintain control. If someone withdraws from their social circle suddenly, it's a concerning sign.

Truant From School / Chronic Runaway

Persistent absenteeism from school or a pattern of running away may signal involvement in trafficking. Traffickers often keep victims away from places where they might seek help.

UNDERSTANDING THE REALITIES

FACTS ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

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IT IS NOT ABOUT MOVEMENT ACROSS BORDERS

Trafficking a person does not mean moving them from one place to another; it is a form of exploitation and coercion where someone profits from selling access to another person's body or labor. Trafficking is a crime regardless of where it takes place or whether the person being trafficked ever crosses the border.

Source: The Human Trafficking Institute

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IT IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM IN ALL COMMUNITIES

Trafficking can seem like a distant problem. But every community has members who have experienced or are experiencing some form of trafficking. Forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation or crimes that can take place anywhere, even in our own neighborhoods.

Source: The Human Trafficking Institute

HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS BIG BUSINESS

Worldwide, human trafficking is an enormous business. Estimates show that annual profits from human trafficking crimes such as forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation could be more than $150 billion per year. That's more than the annual profits of Exxon, Microsoft, BP, Samsung, and Apple combined.

Source: The Human Trafficking Institute

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TRAFFICKERS USE MANY TACTICS TO EXPLOIT PEOPLE

Traffickers target different people for different reasons, but regardless of a person's age, gender, or race, traffickers will exploit the unique vulnerabilities of that person. They will lie, manipulate, isolate, control, extort, and intimidate. These forms of abuse are part of the trauma experience by survivors of trafficking.

Source: The Human Trafficking Institute

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MANY SURVIVORS FEAR PROSECUTION

Some people may not seek support or services out of fear that they might be prosecuted for the unlawful acts that they are being coerced into. Privileged advocates (not mandatory reporters) can help support survivors in accessing services, safety planning, and providing information about systems and laws.

Source: Sexual Assault Support Services of Land County, Oregon

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EXPERT SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE

Rescue attempts can place the survivor or rescuer at greater risk by intervening. For non-emergency situations: if a person observes or suspects trafficking, the best option is to contact the National Trafficking Hotline by calling (888) 373-7888 or texting "HELP" or "INFO" to 233733. Local agencies can also assist survivors in developing exit strategies, including access to emergency shelter, substance treatment programs, legal assisstance, and more.

Source: Sexual Assault Support Services of Land County, Oregon

GET HELP OR REPORT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Trafficking RESOURCES

HAVEN

HAVEN was founded in 1981 by a small group of concerned citizens who established a 24-hour crisis line to address the need for crisis support and safety planning for those experiencing domestic and sexual violence in The Dalles and surrounding communities.

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BLUE CAMPAIGN

Blue Campaign is a national public awareness campaign designed to educate the public, law enforcement, and other industry partners to recognize the indicators of human trafficking, and how to appropriately respond to possible cases.

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Rebecca Bender Initiative

The Rebecca Bender Initiative leads in the fight against human trafficking by equipping leaders and elevating survivors.

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OREGON DOJ - T.R.I.P.

The Trafficking Response & Intervention Program was created in Spring 2015. The goal of the program is to develop a comprehensive statewide response to human trafficking that encourages cooperation and coordination across state and local agencies.

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HOMELAND SECURITY

The United States has declared it a national priority to end human trafficking and the importation of goods produced with forced labor. DHS is on the frontlines of this fight, protecting the country and collaborating with our partners to stop these crimes.

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National Human Trafficking Hotline

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll-free hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-888-373-7888 to speak with a specially trained Anti-Trafficking Hotline Advocate.

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Guidance for prioritizing efforts in addressing human trafficking

TASK FORCE STAGES

FOUNDATION

  • Agency Awareness
  • Community Awareness
  • Task Force Formation (Mission, Values, Goals)
  • Task Force MOU
  • Funded Coordinator
  • Implement Response Protocols
  • Medical Response Plan
  • Initiate Case Review
  • Form Subcommittees
  • Diversify Task Force Representation
  • Survivor Leadership

STABILIZATION

  • Update Response Protocols
  • Data Collection
  • Develop Offender Focused Strategy
  • Long-Term Shelter
  • Treatment
  • Secondary Prevention
  • Awareness in Schools and Colleges
  • Case Review
  • Detox program
  • Initiate Demand Reduction Awareness

SUSTAINABILITY

  • Legislative Changes
  • Data Systems in Place
  • Multi-Generational Approach
  • Demand Reduction Protocols
  • Primary Prevention
  • Youth Voice