National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is recognized each year on January 11. Here are some tips to make sure you can spot this crime and know how to report it.
If you see the following red flags of trafficking, please call Eugene Police:
A child or adult who:
- Has a manager or ‘pimp’
- Can’t move freely and appears to be controlled (although some are allowed to go shopping and visit friends, they are closely watched and have restrictions)
- If a child, and they are dressed in an inappropriate way for their age to attract customers
- Seems fearful, timid and avoid eye contact
- Is fearful of police contact
- Seems to be in debt to someone
- Has signs of abuse (physical and mental), malnourishment, anxiety, bruising, scars, memory issues, lack of medical care
- Does not appear to have their own possessions.
- Is moved from city to city frequently
- Has tattoos or brands that signify ownership
Sex Trafficking predators use psychological techniques and exploit a person’s vulnerabilities. For instance, if a child is desperate to find someone who will love and take care of them. The human trafficker will groom the victim to get their trust. They will provide gifts and give the impression of love and relationship. A child with low self-confidence and self-esteem is especially vulnerable. At the point the trust is gained, they will be coerced into performing sexual acts for money to give the trafficker.
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