Human trafficking is happening in the United States and we all can play a role to change the life of a victim.
What is human trafficking?
When people are exploited through force, fraud, or coercion. Examples of being exploited include:
- A laborer is paid less than was promised or is forced to work more hours than expected
- A person is forced to provide commercial sex, or live under some form of servitude
- Victims can be hidden behind locked doors or in plain view.
- Victims come from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, differing levels of education, and can be documented or undocumented
- Victims of human trafficking are not all foreign nationals and they do not have to be sex workers.
Human trafficking population
- Children under 18 induced into commercial sex
- Adults induced into commercial sex through force, fraud, or coercion
- Children and adults induced to perform labor or services through force, fraud, or coercion
- Foreign nationals who are trafficked within the U.S.
Individuals who have experienced trauma or violence in the past
- At The Family Conservancy all counseling clients are screened for human trafficking experiences, and if they have such a history, are provided clinical services to address the impact.
- Runaway and homeless youth
- The Family Conservancy Student Assistance Program provides case management and other supportive resources to reduce the risk factors associated for homeless high school students in KC and help them graduate from high school.
Signs of a victim of human trafficking
- Lack of freedom of movement
- Lack of personal possessions and stable living situation
- Mental or physical abuse
- Juvenile engaged in commercial sex acts
- Disconnected from the community, friends, and family
- Person is timid, fearful, and submissive
- Person is coached on what to say or not allowed to speak for themself with sudden change in behavior
What can you do?
- Either call 911 and make a report immediately for emergency situations or call the local non-emergency police number to provide tips.
- Contact the Kansas City FBI (816)-512-8200
- Call 1-866-347-2423 or 1-888-373-7888 to report suspicions in Spanish & English
- Use this link to submit a tip online
- Spread the word about human trafficking through the Blue Campaign.
- Learn more about human trafficking
Resources for victims of Human Trafficking
- SOS YOUTH HOTLINE - 913-324-3619Synergy Services helping homeless youth, up to age 22. The team provides basic necessities like food, water, clothing, blankets and hygiene products. Transportation and case management/referral services are also provided to youth as needed. For youth that want to get off the street, the team provides a bridge to Synergy House, our youth shelter.
- National Runaway Hotline Call 1-800-RUNAWAY, Click 1800RUNAWAY.org, Text 66008
- Passages LGBT Youth Center - 816.931.0334 Kansas City Anti-Violence Project's Q-mmunity Space every Wednesday evening from 5:30 p.m to 9:00 p.m .https://www.kcpassages.org/contact-us
- Restoration House of Greater Kansas City is a faith based, long-term, residential program for survivors of sex trafficking. 816-623-5260
- Resources to education yourself and others
- To learn more please visit these websites: Homeland Security Human Trafficking, and National Human Trafficking Hotline.
- Truckers against Trafficking is a nonprofit organization that trains truck drivers to recognize and report instances of human trafficking.
- KC Street Hope and One by One Project provide awareness and services to human trafficking in the greater Kansas City Area.