We commit to educating families and school staff in Harford County
about the reality of human trafficking in our state and rural area,
including the roles childhood trauma and drug addiction play.
Our goal is to empower children to know that they have a voice
and that their bodies belong to them. We pledge to teach pre-K
and elementary age children about healthy boundaries, and to
empower parents and teachers how to recognize underlying signs
of childhood trauma and sex trafficking.
At community events and speaking engagements, we will discuss
the reality of juvenile sex trafficking in all areas of Maryland and D.C.
Our talks are presented free of charge and specifically geared to
our audience. We will share current strategies and resources to
groups of any size and in any setting --- from small girl or boy scout
troops to large church groups. Please contact us!
education/prevention leader Tracy Kunmann
contact info. firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-960-9576
please click on the underlined links below to download the appropriate resource
-The Abell Report: sex trafficking in Maryland
-Chosen (trafficking prevention curriculum)
-A21 (bodies are not commodities)
signs of trafficking
Human trafficking is happening in plain sight. Fortunately, you can help change this if you know the signs. Polaris Project, a leader in anti-trafficking intiatives has developed the following questions, to help you recognize the red flags that can alert you to the fact that human trafficking may be occuring.
If you suspect you are a victim of human trafficking or know of a situation in which human trafficking is occuring, don't hesitate call the Nattional Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline 1-888-373-7888. Or text INFO or HELP to us at: BeFree (233733).
Common Work and Living Conditions: The Individual(s) in Question
Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
Is under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts
Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp / manager
Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
Is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work
Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off
Was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work
High security measures exist in the work and/or living locations (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)
Poor Mental Health or Abnormal Behavior
Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement
Avoids eye contact
Poor Physical Health
Lacks health care
Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture
Lack of Control
Has few or no personal possessions
Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records, or bank account
Is not in control of his/her own identification documents (ID or passport)
Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)
Claims of just visiting and inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address
Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or do not know what city he/she is in
Loss of sense of time
Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story
For more information please visit www.traffickingresourcecenter.org
The above list was compiled and created by the Polaris Foundation. For more information on The Polaris Project click here.