January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

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January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month.  Join with Soroptimists all around the globe in putting an end to human trafficking…especially women!

This January learn how to recognize the signs of human trafficking and where to report it.

We, at Soroptimist International of Huntington Beach, invite you to join us at our January 24th Program Meeting and listen to the experts talk about the demand right here in Orange County and what we can do as concerned citizens.  For more information, go to our Meetings & Events page or email us at info@soroptimisthuntingtonbeach.org.

Here are some of the indicators:

  • Does the person appear disconnected from family, friends, community organizations, or houses of worship?
  • Has a child stopped attending school?
  • Has the person had a sudden or dramatic change in behavior?
  • Is a juvenile engaged in commercial sex acts?
  • Is the person disoriented or confused, or showing signs of mental or physical abuse?
  • Does the person have bruises in various stages of healing?
  • Is the person fearful, timid, or submissive?
  • Does the person show signs of having been denied food, water, sleep, or medical care?
  • Is the person often in the company of someone to whom he or she defers? Or someone who seems to be in control of the situation, e.g., where they go or who they talk to?
  • Does the person appear to be coached on what to say?
  • Is the person living in unsuitable conditions?
  • Does the person lack personal possessions and appear not to have a stable living situation?
  • Does the person have freedom of movement? Can the person freely leave where they live? Are there unreasonable security measures?

“Not all indicators listed above are present in every human trafficking situation, and the presence or absence of any of the indicators is not necessarily proof of human trafficking.”
(source: https://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign/indicators-human-trafficking).

Knowing the key indicators and taking action may save someone’s life.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day - January 11

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