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How You Can Help Stop Child Sex Trafficking

How well do you think you could spot human trafficking? What if it was happening in your workplace? And even worse, what if it was happening to children in your workplace?

That's the question posed to those watching a viral video in which a girl narrates being trafficked in a hotel, wondering why the workers there took no action when they spotted something amiss in her situation.

#DoesYourHotelKnow is an awareness campaign by ECPAT-USA that alerts hotels and travelers alike to educate themselves about the signs of sex trafficking, with a call to action to alert authorities if they think trafficking is happening in the hotel where they work or visit.

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Some signs to look out for in a potential human trafficking victim include spotting someone who is:

  • Fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
  • Appears malnourished
  • Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement or torture
  • Has few or no personal possessions
  • Is not in control of their own identification documents
  • Is not allowed to or able to speak for themselves
  • Claims of just visiting and inability to clarify where they are staying or give an address
  • Lack of knowledge of whereabouts or do not know what city they are in
  • Loss of sense of time
  • Has numerous inconsistencies in their story

According to Equality Now, which works for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women and girls around the world, two million children are exploited every year in the global commercial sex trade. Furthermore, the trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. And the sad truth is, much of this occurs in hotels.

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If you think you've witnessed human trafficking, do not hesitate to call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at (888) 373-7888. Or text INFO or HELP to 233733 (BeFree). Be alert when you travel, and pay attention to those around you.

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Image via ECPAT-USA

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