Tools To Fight Sex Trafficking

Stats and Resources

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 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

  • Runaway/homeless 

  • Lying about age, giving false ID and/or no ID 

  • Well-rehearsed and/or inconsistent stories

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 3-4 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 years old. At Selah Freedom, many survivors report entering sex trafficking between the ages of 12-14 years old

  • 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

Parent Resources

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.



  • Keep Your Child Safe From Secrets - Learn how to protect your child from sexual abuse with this easy to read book. This book covers a wide range of topics on sexual abuse in children and it provides information to help parents recognize ways children are at risk for abuse This book will also teach you how to deal with the aftermath of sexual abuse and help your child heal from the trauma.

Prevention Trainings

  • Prevention trainings for adults and K-12th grade students equip participants with the tools they need to recognize and stay safe from predators. Become empowered to get ahead of abuse and exploitation before it takes place. Upcoming trainings may be viewed here.

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Parental Controls & Talking To Your Kids About Sex Trafficking​

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • For resources to discuss healthy relationships with your child, check out www.joinonelove.org and www.LoveIsRespect.org.

  • Learn about grooming methods and how to protect your child from predators

  • Learn the red flags to look out for in a DM conversation

  • Digital Safety Guide

Movies For Parents

Children's Race

Children & Tweens


Info and Conversation Starters

  • Surprises vs. Secrets - 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 - 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.


  • Clicker The Cat by Kyla Cullinane - Do you want to raise a confident child who can manage screen time successfully? Screens are everywhere but they don't have to control your kids. Empower them to use their screens wisely and create good electronic habits! This book series reaches kids at their level with a fun, engaging and educational story about balancing screen time.

  • Good Pictures, Bad Pictures by Kristen Jensen - Young children deserve to be armed early against internet dangers. Good Pictures Bad Pictures Jr. makes it easy for parents to protect their young kids ages 3 to 6. Using gentle, age-appropriate messages, children will learn to Turn, Run & Tell when they are accidentally exposed to inappropriate content.

Middle/High School Students


  • Chosen - 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.

  • Sexual Abuse In The Family - Sexual abuse can come from a relative or family member. We can see what that relationship might look like, how it might feel, and how to see your way out of it.

  • Online Sexual Abuse Can Happen - Kim finds that sexual abuse that can happen in a relationship online/over text and shows how to navigate a relationship where your boundaries aren't being respected. 

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Diversity Students

High School/College Students


  • The Hunting Ground - 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.

  • Sugar Babies - Katie Woods just transferred from community college to Montlake University for their renowned art history program, but campus life is proving more expensive than Katie anticipated. In class, she meets Tessa and is introduced to Tessa’s high-class, expensive lifestyle… all paid for by her older, and richer, boyfriend Leo. While impressed by Tessa’s cultured tastes, Katie is skeptical about the relationships Tessa and her friends pursue– until Katie gets the opportunity of a lifetime to study in Florence, but realizes there is no way she can afford to go. She agrees to Tessa’s suggestion to join her on a double date and, against her better instincts, finds herself falling for Giles, a British businessman who is handsome, successful, and able to write a check to make Katie’s dreams of Florence come true. But Katie soon realizes that having a Sugar Daddy comes at its own price. Alyson Stoner, Tiera Skovbye star. 

  • Same Gender, Different Story - This movie shares the story of a teen boy and how he was trafficked. It also shows how staff suspected something was going on but because of the stereotype “Boys Will Be Boys,” many signs were looked past.

  • Sextorcion


  • Free Cyntoia by Cyntoia Brown-Long with Bethany Mauger - In her own words, Cyntoia Brown shares the riveting and redemptive story of how she changed her life for the better while in prison, finding hope through faith after a traumatic adolescence of drug addiction, rape, and sex trafficking led to a murder conviction. 

Printable Resources


Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2018. United Nations Publication, Dec. 2018, www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/glotip/2018/GLOTiP_2018_BOOK_web_small.pdf.

The Issues: Child Sex Trafficking. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, www.missingkids.com/theissues/trafficking.

Global Estimates of Modern Slavery: Forced Labour and Forced Marriage. International Labour Organization, Walk Free Foundation, 2017.

Fisher, Nicole. Human Trafficking Is In Plain Sight. Are You Supporting It Without Knowing?Forbes, 28 Sept. 2017, www.forbes.com/sites/nicolefisher/2017/04/24/human-trafficking-in-plain-sight/#720b59ec51f8.

The State of the World's Children 2006; Excluded and Invisible. UNICEF, Dec. 2005, www.unicef.org/sowc06/pdfs/sowc06_fullreport.pdf.

1) Kessler, G. (2015, May 28). The bogus claim that 300,000 U.S. children are 'at risk' of sexual exploitation. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2015/05/28/the-bogus-claim-that-300000-u-s-children-are-at-risk-of-sexual-exploitation/?utm_term=.6ed3932e1d93  
2) Center for Missing and Exploited Children http://www.missingkids.com/theissues/trafficking 3) Murphy, Laura. Loyola University and Modern Slavery Research Project (2017). Labor and Sex Trafficking Amoung Homeless Youth. http://voicesforflorida.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Loyola-Research-Results.pdf

Townsend, Catherine. Estimating a Child Sexual Abuse Prevalance Rates for Practitioners. Darkness 2 Light, Aug. 2013, www.d2l.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/PREVALENCE-RATE-WHITE-PAPER-D2L.pdf.

1.) The Issues: Child Sex Trafficking. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, www.missingkids.com/theissues/trafficking.
2.) Bouche, Vanessa. A Report on the Use of Technology to Recruit, Groom and Sell Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Victims. THORN, Jan. 2015, www.thorn.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Survivor_Survey_r5.pdf. 3.) 2017 Statistics from the Human Trafficking Hotline and BeFree Textline. Polaris, 2017, polarisproject.org/sites/default/files/2017NHTHStats (1).pdf.

UNICEF Unite: Fast Facts. UNICEF, www.unicefusa.org/sites/default/files/Fast Facts UNICEF USA.pdf.


Dank, Meredith, et al. Estimating the Size and and Structure of the Underground Commercial Sex Economy in Eight Major US Cities. Urban Institute, 12 Mar. 2014, www.urban.org/research/publication/estimating-size-and-structure-underground-commercial-sex-economy-eight-major-us-cities.

Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2018. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Dec. 2018, www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/glotip/2018/GLOTiP_2018_BOOK_web_small.pdf.

Madigan, Sheri, et al. The Prevalence of Unwanted Online Sexual Exposure and Solicitation Among Youth: A Meta-Analysis. Elsevier Inc. , Aug. 2018, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29921546.

Monto, Martin, and Nick McRee. “A Comparison of the Male Customers of Female Street Prostitutes with National Samples of Men.” Vol. 49, no. 5, Oct. 2005, pp. 505–29., journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0306624X04272975.

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Can You Guess 2018's Most Viewed Categories on the Largest Porn Site? Fight the New Drug, 9 July 2019, fightthenewdrug.org/pornhub-visitors-in-2018-and-review-of-top-searches/.

Kleinman, Alexis. Porn Sites Get More Visitors Each Month Than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter Combined. HuffPost, 4 May 2013, www.huffpost.com/entry/internet-porn-stats_n_3187682.

Common Sense Media, https://www.commonsensemedia.org/the-common-sense-census-media-use-by-tweens-and-teens-infographic

Common Sense Media, https://www.commonsensemedia.org/the-common-sense-census-media-use-by-tweens-and-teens-infographic

Farley, Melissa. “Renting an Organ for Ten Minutes: What Tricks Tell Us about Prostitution, Pornography, and Trafficking.” Pornography: Driving the Demand in International Sex Trafficking, edited by David E. Guinn and Julie DiCaro, Xlibris, 2007, 145.


1) National Center on Sexual Exploitation https://endsexualexploitation.org/wp-content/uploads/NCOSE_Pornography-PublicHealth_ResearchSummary_8-2_17_FINAL-with-logo.pdf 2) CPYU's Digital Kid's Initiative https://digitalkidsinitiative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Children_and_Pornography_Factsheet-Revised-August-2014.pdf