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“You are taught to say he’s your boyfriend and not your pimp.”
A 13-year old girl leaves the house on a Saturday night, telling her parents she’s going to hang out with her boyfriend. She never makes it home that night…or the next night…or the next. Five days later, she’s found in a hotel room. She’s been drugged, beaten and sexually assaulted, and she wears a new tattoo. It’s a brand, placed there by her pimp to claim her as property…a pimp she thought was her boyfriend.
This is one scenario that happens in the world of human trafficking, a practice of using another human being for material gain. It’s often referred to as modern day slavery, and teen sex trafficking is one of the leading forms of human trafficking in the United States.
Every day, thousands of teenagers from every walk of life every culture and economic status are forced into the world of sex trafficking. In the 1-hour program, we take a look at how teens are scouted, manipulated, and trapped in what has become a 9.8 billion dollar underground industry. From the mall to the bus stop to the school hallways, our students are being tricked, recruited, and threatened into having sex for money.
Tricked will help students understand and spot the scouting and manipulating techniques that are commonly used by traffickers. Using testimony from survivors of sex trafficking, as well as insider information from a former trafficker, we talk about how to avoid susceptible behaviors. We also provide insights on how to get help if students or their friends get trapped in this terrible situation.
Knowledge is one of the most powerful tools in the fight against this global issue. Help your community be more aware.
Polaris Project This organization operates the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, conducts trainings, and provides vital services to victims of trafficking
Shared Hope International This organization is a global leader in the fight against sex trafficking, providing prevention resources for teens, training for professionals, restorative care for survivors, research, and policy initiatives.
Human Trafficking 101 for School Administrators and Staff The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign training materials
Human Trafficking in America's Schools The U.S. Department of Education's January 2015 Report
Human Trafficking of Children in the United States: A Fact Sheet for Schools This resource from the U.S. Department of Education provides an overview of human trafficking and how it affects schools
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month Presidential Proclamation The White House press release with President Obama's proclamation
All We Want is Love: Liberation of Victims Everywhere This organization fights trafficking through education, training, and rescue resources
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) This is another federal program to stop human trafficking
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) This is one of the primary federal agencies responsible for combating human trafficking