UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUE
Tools To Fight Sex Trafficking
Stats and Resources
Top Indicators of Sex Trafficking/Exploitation
Signs of or history of emotional, sexual, or other physical abuse, sexually transmitted diseases
Unexplainable appearance of expensive gifts, clothing, or other costly items
Presence of an older boy/girlfriend
Minor in the company of a controlling third party
Lack of knowledge about a given community or whereabouts
Bruising and injuries, signs of branding/tattoos
Lying about age, giving false ID and/or no ID
Well-rehearsed and/or inconsistent stories
Did you know?
Sex trafficking has been reported in all 50 states and targets children from all races, socio-economic
backgrounds and zip codes.
If you see something, say something! Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-3737-888 or contact Selah Freedom's intake line at 1-888-8-FREE-ME.
Top Statistics of Sex Trafficking/Exploitation*
1 in 10 children are sexually abused. At Selah Freedom, most survivors report being sexually abused as children.
Many of the survivors at Selah Freedom report sexual abuse beginning between 2-4 years old.
2 million children are sold each year through sex trafficking
Child sex trafficking has been reported in all 50 states.
Statistically, the average age of children running away and entering into sex trafficking is 15-17. At Selah Freedom, many survivors report entering sex trafficking between the ages of 12-14.
Within 48 hours of running away, 1 out of 3 children are solicited for sex.
Victims can be sold 15-40 times every 24 hours
It takes 7-8 touchpoints with a victim before she is ready to step into care
Pornography gets more visitors each month than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined.
1 in 9 children receive online sexual solicitation.
Traffickers recruit children into sex trafficking through close relationships ("friending")
Traffickers have made up to $1.6 million per year off their victims.
Sex Trafficking is a $99 billion dollar industry.
Florida is in the top three states in the nation for sex trafficking
Chicago is in the top five cities in the nation for sex trafficking
Milwaukee has been deemed the "Harvard for Pimps"
Sex, Lies & Media
Sex, Lies & Media is Selah Freedom’s informative and cutting edge presentation created to educate and empower parents and youth workers on the tactics of predators, how to effectively communicate with teens and the latest apps putting them at risk.
Sex, Lies & Media is also available tailored for children, teens and young adults. To organize a live presentation of Sex, Lies & Media live, email Prevention@SelahFreedom.com.
Selah Freedom is here to equip parents to protect their children from sex trafficking. Take a look at the below for resources protecting and educating your kids. Also, take a look at A Back-To-School Series on Human Trafficking, a terrific resource for kids of all ages.
Did you know that your child's cell phone is set by default to allow pornography, explicit content and that even Siri can be a portal to predators and dangerous content on the web? Check out how you can set parental control on your iPhone or Android.
Photos taken and posted can also automatically contain "geotags" which can help predators track and locate your children. Click here to learn how to remove geotag settings.
It's important to talk to your children often and consistently about how to stay safe. But how you do have effective conversations, from which children absorb valuable information that they may need later? Make sure the information you deliver is easily understood for your child's stage of development. Click here to learn conversations to have with your child, tween and teen, by age.
Click here to view Frontier's Parental Controls Guide for a step by step breakdown of how to set up controls on video games, your browsers and more.
Children & Tweens
Predators often approach children on the internet. Take a short quiz for ways to talk to your child(ren)/tweens about this topic.
Safety vs. Secrets
Click here to learn practical guidelines on how to talk to your small children about safe touch and the difference between surprises and harmful secrets.
Conversations To Have With Young Children
Click here to learn conversations to have by age for young children. Teaching children rules helps keep them safe, but it’s hard to know how to say things so that your child will understand. You know your child best, but here are some guidelines about what to tell kids of different ages about how to stay safe from sexual abuse.
Middle/High School Students
Learn the shocking true story of two teen girls tricked by traffickers. Brianna, 18, was a star student, cheerleader and waitress eager to break out of her small town to attend college in the big city. Lacy, 13, enjoyed church and school but struggled to help care for her siblings while her stepfather was deployed and mother worked to support the family.
Brianna and Lacy share how traffickers used manipulation to lure them into the world of sex trafficking.
High School/College Students
Scrutinizing the gamut of elite Ivies, state universities, and small colleges, filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering reveal an endemic system of institutional cover-ups, rationalizations, victim-blaming, and denial that creates perfect storm conditions for predators to prey with impunity.
Meanwhile, the film captures mavericks Andrea Pino and Annie Clark, survivors who are taking matters into their own hands—ingeniously employing Title IX legal strategy to fight back and sharing their knowledge
among a growing, unstoppable network of young women who will no longer be silent.
Since the film’s premiere at Sundance, it had been screened at the White House and hundreds of college campuses across the country. The documentary has inspired new laws in New York and California and changes in campus policies.
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