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Human Trafficking Defined By

Federal Law

 

     “Human Trafficking” commonly referred to as “modern day slavery” is a global phenomenon involving obtaining or maintaining labor or services from another by the use of force, fraud, or coercion in violation of the individual’s human rights.

How Are Victims Trafficked?

  • Force, fraud and coercion are methods used by traffickers to press victims into lives of servitude, & abuse.
  • Force: Rape, beatings, confinement.
  • Fraud: Includes false and deceptive offers of employment, marriage, better life.
  • Coercion: Threats of serious harm to, or physical restraint of, any person; any scheme, plan or     pattern  intended to cause victims to believe that failure to perform an act would result in restraint against them; or the abuse or threatened abuse of the legal process.

**force, fraud or coercion- do not apply for victims of sex trafficking under the age of 18.

 

IT IS HAPPENING HERE!!! STORIES ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

 

 2010

  • John Dillinger Morgan was arrested for two counts of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking for allegedly pimping out two young girls— their ages 16 and 13. Morgan pled guilty on 5-21-11 to Sex Trafficking, 2 counts of Procuring a minor for prostitution and 1 count of Lewd and Lascivious battery. He received 15 years in prison and 15 years sex offender probation.

2011

  • Two teenagers who ran away from a local half-way house. Two weeks after running away, one of these teens was rescued in Minnesota after being prostituted by a pimp.

2012

  • Many oriental males were discovered being loaded into a van where they were taken to work at a local restaurant.

2013

  •   A 17-year-old human trafficking victim had been beaten by her pimp after refusing to participate in sexual activity. Her mother started trafficking her from a hotel in another county.

2016

  •  14yr old bf reports having sex with people for money. Two females rescued from Atlanta & arranged transport to safe shelter (sex trafficking).

2017

  • 10yr old & 12yr old in a parking lot soliciting for money for an organization that does not exist.Brought here from Orlando.

2018

  • 44 yr old & 20yr old w/f’s rescued from sex trafficking & assisted in getting to their homes out of state.

 The Marion County Human Trafficking Task Force (2010) takes these cases and many others like them serious.  Our goal is awareness & advocacy.   

Ocala Police Department - Donna Guinn, Crystal Blanton, Marsha Vazquez  - 352-369-7139

Marion County Sheriff's Office - Detective  Hughes - 352-732-8181

Marion County Human Trafficking Task Force Facebook Site

 
HUMAN TRAFFICKING- WHAT TO LOOK FOR?

 Who Are the Victims?

 

  • A victim may look like many of the people you help every day (Look beneath the surface for clues).
  • Runaways and children in foster care are more vulnerable to being victimized. (they need information…call for training 369-7139).
  •  Evidence of being controlled-- evidence of an inability to move about or leave the job.
  •  Bruises or other signs of battering-- fear or depression, non-English speaking.
  •   Lack of passport, immigration or identification.
  • Traveling sales crews- typically recruit young men and young women, primarily U.S. citizens, some under the age of 18.These victims often experience physical, sexual, and emotional abuse as a means of control.


I
NDICATORS IN PLACES YOU MAY NOT EXPECT

 

Business within your community

  •     Could serve as fronts for trafficking..

Working conditions

  •     Do the workers have freedom of movement?
  •      Do they live and work in the same place?
  •      Do the workers owe a debt to their employers?
  •      Do the employers have control over their workers’ immigration documents?

 

Building Security

  •      Is it used to keep people out or to keep people in?

Appearance and mannerism of the workers

  •      Are there signs of trauma, fatigue, injuries, or other evidence of poor care?
  •      Are the individuals’ withdrawn, afraid to talk, or is their communication censored?

 

TRAFFICKING INDICATORS:

  •  Lack of knowledge of about what city they are in.
  •   Claims to be just visiting and is unable to clarify where they are staying / address.
  •   Loss of sense of time.
  •   Numerous inconsistencies in their story.
  •   Has few or no personal possessions.
  •   Is not in control of their money, no financial records or bank account.
  •  Is not in control of personal identification / documentation.
  •  Is not allowed and/or able to speak for themselves (a third party does all the talking and may insist on   being present and/or translating).
  •  Lacks health care.
  •  Appears malnourished.
  •  Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture.
  •  Is fearful, anxious, depression, submissive, tense, nervous and/or paranoid.
  •   Avoids eye contact.
  •  Is not free to leave or come and go as they wish.
  •  The child is under the age of 18 and is providing commercial sex acts.
  •  High security measures exist around work and/or living locations.

 

Why dont victims 
seek help?

 

CAPTIVITY, CONFINEMENT AND ISOLATION

  •   Victims have been locked in rooms and trunks of cars and isolated from friends and family.

THE USE AND THREAT OF VIOLENCE

  •   Victims have been beaten, raped, tortured, assaulted and threatened with weapons.

FEAR, SHAME, SELF-BLAME AND HOPELESSNESS

  •  Victims have been so traumatized, they blame themselves for their abuse and/or see no way out of the       situation.

DEPENDENCY

  •  Victims have become physically, financially or emotionally dependent on the trafficker; they have bonded with the abuser through traumatic bonding (a.k.a. Stockholm Syndrome).

 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING ON THE RISE

  •  After drug dealing, Human Trafficking is tied for second with the illegal arms trade for the most profitable illicit trade in the world.
  •  Estimated $36 Billion Annually.
  •  Florida is ranked in the top three of the United States destination states, with New York and California, for trafficking victims.

 

National Hotline 888-373-7888

City 369-7070  or  County 732-9111

TEXT    BEFREE

Survivor Rebecca Bender- https://rebeccabender.org/

Printable Documents:
Trafficking Controlled -English
Trafficking In Danger -English
Trafficking Isn't Skipping -English
Trafficking Selling Your Services -English