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This video was produced as a part of The CNN Freedom Project in order to raise awareness about the presence of trafficking in the United States. The video places particular emphasis on how young victims are treated within the American justice system. Teenagers caught in the sex trafficking industry often face prostitution charges and other legal backlash rather than being treated as victims of abusive traffickers. Jada Pinkett Smith engages in intimate conversations with girls who were lured into the sex trafficking industry and the women who helped them escape their traffickers and create a safe, fulfilling life for themselves.
Where to Watch: CNN Freedom Project
Nelufar Hedayat travels to all corners of the earth to talk with victims of trafficking, trafficking survivors, traffickers, and those who purchase trafficked goods and people. In one episode, Hedayat talks with individuals who have been victims of the industry of kidney harvesting, those who harvest the kidneys, and those who have knowingly purchased trafficked kidneys in an effort to preserve their lives. This documentary series is notable for its ability to invite viewers into the mindsets of traffickers — some of whom were forced to drive others into the trafficking industry.
Where to Watch: Apple TV+
Each episode focuses on a different industry in which human trafficking is present, including dairy farms, avocado plantations, and sugar cane harvesting. The series not only exposes the abuse workers endure within these industries but also discusses other issues that are interconnected with the trafficking industry. If you want to learn more about how labor laws, environmental concerns, and consumerism interact with human trafficking, Rotten will provide valuable insights into how our everyday purchases relate to slavery.
Where to Watch: Netflix
Biggest Human Trafficking
Problems Of 2022
WDSU - Louisiana has kept track of the impact of human trafficking within its borders since 2015, but there hasn't been an agency specifically tasked with organizing efforts to combat it until now.
Gov. John Bel Edwards intends to change that with the new Office of Human Trafficking Prevention. The Louisiana Legislature authorized its creation this past session and provided $450,000 for its startup.
"This is a vile industry, it's a vile practice," Edwards said. "We need to do everything that we can to have the best laws on the books so that we're punishing these perpetrators appropriately, but also identifying, rescuing and restoring the victims."
WSMV - Among many laws that went into effect July 1, several were dedicated to the protection of human trafficking survivors in our state.
According to End Slavery Tennessee CEO Margie Quin, Tennessee is way ahead of the curve in the way it combats human trafficking, and last week it took several more important steps.
One newly enacted laws requires police to notify The Department of Children’s Services any time a minor is taken into custody on suspected prostitution charges. “We’ve got to understand the numbers that drive this crime,” Quin explained. “How much of this is occurring? How many state dollars do we need to throw at this problem?”
How to Get Involved
Recognizing key indicators of human trafficking is the first step in identifying victims and can help save a life. Here are some common indicators to help recognize human trafficking.
- Does the person appear disconnected from family, friends or community organizations?
- Has a child stopped attending school?
- Has the person had a sudden or dramatic change in behavior?
- 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 to? Or someone who seems to be in control of the situation, i.e., where they go or who they talk to?
- Does the person appear to be coached on what to say?
- 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.
This online Referral Directory is made up of anti-trafficking organizations and programs that offer emergency, transitional, or long-term services to victims and survivors of human trafficking as well as those that provide resources and opportunities in the anti-trafficking field.
Remembering Nhu is a nonprofit committed to ending child sex slavery through prevention. It currently has 109 homes for children in 16 countries and have prevented over 2,200 children from being sold.
They are ending child sex slavery through prevention: One child at a time, one family at a time, one village at a time. Find out how prevention is the most effective way to keep children safe and end child sex slavery.
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