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#TalkTraffic: What Should You Do If You See Someone You Think May Be Trafficked?

This is the tenth video in our 10-part #TalkTraffic video series, which we are releasing on Human Trafficking Awareness Day (January 11, 2017). See Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9

At NY Anti-Trafficking Network, people ask us all the time, “What should I do if I see or meet someone who may be trafficked? How do I help in the moment?” It can be difficult to tell if a person has been trafficked, and it takes time and understanding to see how you can help. Learn more about how you can support someone you think may be a victim or survivor of trafficking.

What You Need To Know

If you see someone you think may be trafficked, it’s a good thing you are showing compassion and interest in your fellow community members. But it’s important to stay calm and not to panic, and to think carefully about what that person might need, rather than rushing in to help.

  • It’s very difficult to tell if a person is being trafficked from just looking at someone or from only one or a few conversations. There is no formula or “quick fix” to figuring this out.
  • If you act quickly without understanding a person’s situation, the trafficker could be nearby, putting them in more danger. And calling the police or 911, especially without that person’s knowledge or consent, can be very dangerous. It may actually result in the person being arrested or deported.
  • If you regularly see someone whom you think may be trafficked, slowly build a relationship with that person. Be friendly, engage in small talk, make eye contact, and let them know over time you’re someone they can trust and you’re willing to be a resource.

At times, people feel a strong emotional response when they think they are meeting someone who may be trafficked, and they want to rush in and try to “rescue” the person who may be a victim.

  • The problem with this “rescuer” mentality is it takes the focus away from the survivor and puts it on the so-called “rescuer” and his or her point of view.
  • This has a negative consequence: It sidelines the voices of survivors and their ability to make their own decisions and reclaim their own voice, dignity, and ability to move forward in life.
  • If you see a situation that might involve trafficking, call a qualified and trusted organization that works with trafficking survivors and they can help foster a human rights approach and expertly navigate the possibilities for helping a person at risk.

If you know someone is trafficked, or if you believe they need help, once you have built up a trusting relationship, there are concrete and non-intrusive things you can do through everyday interactions.

  • Give them a cell phone they can use on their own.
  • Offer phone numbers for trafficking hotlines or domestic violence shelters, or tell them about how 911 works.
  • Tell them where the nearest hospital is.

It’s important to remember, even if you aren’t sure in the moment if a person is trafficked or you’re not able to reach out and help, there is still a lot you can do to support survivors and end trafficking! Watch our video on how you can help.

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See the whole #TalkTraffic video project.

Learn more about what you can do to help.

Production Credits — Producers: Juhu Thukral, Jeffrey Yamaguchi, and Suzanne Seltzer. Video Production/Filming/Editing: Jordan Timpy and Cassie Timpy of Agape Visuals (Read their write-up about working on this project). Music: Broke For Free.

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5th Annual NYATN Commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

The New York Anti-Trafficking Network has written in commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month for the fifth consecutive year.

Previous NYATN contributions include the following:

The Annual Freedom Network Conference Returns to the East Coast in April 2015

The Freedom Network (USA), which has several of the same members as NYATN, will host its 13th Annual Conference in the Washington, DC metropolitan area on April 21-22, 2015.  The Freedom Network, a national alliance of experienced advocates working with survivors of all forms of human trafficking to ensure that trafficked persons have access to justice, safety, and opportunity, held its 2012 conference in New York.  Early bird registration ends in this month, National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.  Register here.

Freedom Network Conference

3rd Annual NYATN/Race-Talk Commemoration of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

*Update: Race-Talk has unfortunately closed its doors.  See below for alternative links.

Race-Talk honors National Human Trafficking Awareness Day with a series of blog contributions from members of the New York Anti-Trafficking Network and others guest-edited by Juhu Thukral for the third consecutive year.

Previous Race-Talk blog contributions include:

Race-Talk Honors National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

*Update: Race-Talk unfortunately has closed its doors.  See below for alternative links.

Race-Talk honors National Human Trafficking Awareness Day with a series of blog contributions from members of the New York Anti-Trafficking Network guest-edited by Juhu Thukral for the second consecutive year.

NYATN Commemorates National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

NYATN National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Juhu Thukral, Florrie Burke, Ivy Suriyopas, Fiona Mason, Jennifer Dreher - Photo by Carolyn Morales, NYATN

NYATN National Human Trafficking Awareness Day Panel

Juhu Thukral, Florrie Burke - Photo by Carolyn Morales, NYATN

NYATN National Human Trafficking Awareness Day Panel

Jennifer Dreher - Photo by Carolyn Morales, NYATN

NYATN National Human Trafficking Awareness Day Panel

Fiona Mason, Jennifer Dreher - Photo by Carolyn Morales, NYATN

Photo by Carolyn Morales, NYATN

On National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, January 11, 2011, from 6 to 8 pm at 123 William St., 16th Fl. at the Urban Justice Center, NYATN hosted a panel discussion in honor of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

In addition, several NYATN members contributed to Race-Talk in honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.  For featured blog contributions, please visit here.

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