Help Us Fight Human Trafficking!

According to the Department of Homeland Security, Human Trafficking is defined as “… the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.” This is a worldwide problem, and the United States is not exempt. 

This crime is also not limited by economics, age, race, or gender. Unfortunately, the ones affected by this may be hesitant to report their abusers because they fear their abuser, are scared of law enforcement (due to the possibility of deportation for those here from another country), or because of a language barrier (for those taken to a foreign country).

What can we do to help prevent this? First, awareness is key. Understanding the elements of the crime and those most at risk are paramount to prevention. Recognizing the indicators may be the first step to identifying a victim, which may potentially save their life or the lives of others. 

The first indication may be the appearance. Are there visible bruises? Do they appear malnourished? Are they hesitant to interact with you or others? Are they without a cellphone or other personal belongings that are normal for most of us? If they are younger, have they stopped attending school? Have you heard whispers of prostitution or sex acts happening in a neighborhood? Is there someone with them who appears to micromanage their behavior or keeps them close whenever someone stops by or gets too close to them? Do they appear to be coached in their conversation? While these may be some indicators, no individual situation is a guarantee that they are being trafficked. 

There are things to avoid as well. Do not let your suspicions be known to the potential victim. They may be suffering from a version of “Stockholm Syndrome,” where the victim (hostage) has developed a deep psychological bond with the abuser. They may tell the abuser of your suspicions, which puts them at greater risk. Also, never confront the abuser yourself. That is the job of Law Enforcement. Trust your gut. Reach out to Law Enforcement with any concerns you may have. 

Keeping this information readily available for reference is a good idea. The internet has much material and statistics dealing with this terrible crime. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting Slater Tactical Solutions at 706-726-0848 or Thank you and be safe!