Safety Tips To Avoid Sex Traffickers
Omaha girls, boys, and families, as well as the nation as a whole, are gearing up for the College World Series, which starts on June 16th, here in Omaha. Unfortunately, having that many people cram into one city also puts area youth and visiting youth at danger of becoming trafficked.
This isn’t isolated to Omaha or the College World Series, either. Sex trafficking statistics increase in many cities where large events, like the Superbowl, occur.
With the College World Series in Nebraska, the topic of sex trafficking has been making headlines for years:
What Is Sex Trafficking?
Trafficking is akin to “modern day slavery.” Those who have been trafficked, work for the person who took them and are forced to engage in sexual activity. They see very little profit or payment for the services offered.
What Can Be Done To Prevent Omaha Girls And Boys From Becoming A Victim Of Sex Trafficking?
- Know the indicators so you can spot potential victims.
- Stay in groups when you’re out in public.
- Don’t over-indulge (or, don’t indulge at all!) when you’re out for these big events.
- Avoid truck stops or stops along the interstate when you’re traveling - unless you can stay in groups here, too.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Be aware of who the other people in your group are talking to and where they are at all times.
- If you’ve been chatting with someone online, do not meet them in public by yourself. Ideally, you should take a parent, after they’ve okayed you meeting someone. Sex traffickers have been documented using social media to lure potential victims to them.
None of these are foolproof, but if you implement these safety measures, you will definitely keep you and your family and friends safer from sex traffickers.
What Can You Do If You See Something That Doesn’t Seem Right?
- An inability to speak to anyone else alone or isn’t allowed to speak on their own behalf
- Scripted or seemingly rehearsed answers to questions
- Being submissive or fearful in public
- Has tattoos or other markings (e.g., bar codes) that show “ownership” by someone else
- Has a much older sexual or “romantic” partner
If you think you have come in contact with a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 or your local authorities.
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