Have you witnessed sex trafficking? Your first response is probably “no.” But many of us have seen it — we just didn’t realize it at the time. The reality is that sex trafficking doesn’t just happen in faraway places. In fact, young people are sexually exploited — forced to perform sexual acts for money, food, a place to stay, or other basic needs — in every state in the U.S.
Tools for Support
- Loveisrespect: Loveisrespect’s purpose is to engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.
- National Runaway Safeline: The National Runaway Safeline is the federally designated national runaway and homeless youth crisis hotline (800.RUNAWAY) and online service in the United States.
- National Human Trafficking Hotline: The National Human Trafficking Hotline (888.373.7888) is a national anti-trafficking hotline serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States. The toll-free hotline is available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in more than 200 languages.
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org, or en español at rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.