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Currently, Backpage.com is under much scrutiny. Owned by Village Voice Media, Backpage.com is making millions for allowing the commercial sex industry to blossom with the help of their website. Not only are they drawing attention for their help to the trafficking world, but the age of the boys and girls advertised are severely being questioned.

Watch this interview with Anderson Cooper and Backpage.com to learn more about the debate and details of this current issue.

Tell Village Voice Media to Stop Child Sex Trafficking on Backpage.com by signing the petition at Change.org.

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ABC Nightline: Girls Bought and Sold for Sex Online

Cynthia McFadden, a reporter from ABC Nightline, investigates Backpage.com and its participation with human trafficking in the United States. Watch the short investigation below to learn how law enforcement is striving to fight this issue and meet a few of the girls who were sexually exploited through the use of Backpage.com.

To learn more about this investigation, click here.

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Report a Crime

Indicators of Human Trafficking:

  • Restricted or controlled communication or transportation
  • Someone has their identification and travel documents
  • Barbed wire or bars on windows to keep one in
  • Large number of occupants for living space
  • Signs of torture such as scars, branding, or malnourishment
  • Massage parlors refusing to service women
  • Men come and go frequently
  • Individuals who have no contact with friends or family or access to identification documents, bank accounts, or cash
  • Homes or apartments with inhumane living conditions
  • Workplaces where psychological manipulation and control are used
  • People whose communication and movements are always monitored
  • Places where locks and fences are positioned to confine occupants
  • For more indicators, click here.

Report if you suspect human trafficking or slavery:

  • 911
  • National Human Trafficking Hotline                 888.3737.888
  • Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking     800.655.4595
  • Children of the Night                                      800.551.1300
  • Treasures Ministry                                         323.937.9525
  • Equal Employment Opportunity                      213.894.1046
  • Law Enforcement                                          866.347.2423
  • FBI: Tips webpage                                        https://tips.fbi.gov/

Cited from Slavery No More and the FBI.

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Shared Hope International exists to rescue and restore women and children in crisis. We are leaders in a worldwide effort to prevent and eradicate sex trafficking and slavery through education and public awareness.

Sexual Slavery. The term preferred by Shared Hope International in reference to human trafficking. Shared Hope expresses their reasoning, “Speak to a victim, and you will not hear that she was “trafficked.” You will hear that she was traumatically raped and brutalized by someone whose sole purpose was to take away her personhood and convert her body into cash. You will hear her tell how men of every age and description act out their violent fantasies on her, and how she becomes both a joke and a criminal in the eyes of her community. Hear her story and it will be clear that she has no one in the world to be her defender.”

Shared Hope International is a fantastic non-profit organization that works with local organizations to fight sexual slavery. Since 1998, they have conquered the world of human trafficking through three action-oriented imperatives: prevent, rescue & restore, and bring justice. Within these three actions, they specifically help the victims of the sex trade, offering safe shelter, therapy, spiritual and physical healing, education and vocational training, and strong dedication to transforming policy and legislation within the law to  provide protection and justice for these victims. While working hand in hand with victims, they also promote community awareness, offering many different training sessions on specific issues or for specific audiences.

This organization is working hard to transform the lives of the sex trade victims, but needs you to help. There are may ways for you to get involved at Shared Hope International:

To find out more about Shared Hope International, click here.

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Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking

According to the United Nations: “Trafficking in persons’ shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”

The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) was first introduced in 2007 and commissioned by a grant from United Arab Emirates. UN.GiFT “was conceived to promote the global fight on human trafficking, on the basis of international agreements reached at the UN. To date, 140 [countries] have signed the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons especially Women and Children.”

UN.GIFTs mission is to reduce the potential of future victims, ensure protection and assistance to the victims, and support the efficient prosecution for all criminals involved. UN.GIFT fights and promotes awareness of trafficking by partnering with governments, businesses, media outlets, such as newsletters, podcasts, and television, academia, civil society, and Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking(ICAT).

To find out more about UN.GIFT, click here.

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