We realize that as awareness increases with more and more media coverage of human trafficking, questions come up.
Please feel free to email us with any questions you have and we will do our best to answer them here.
What is human trafficking?
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against a person’s will. Any minor used in a commercial sex act (the exchange of any time of value for a sex act) is a victim of trafficking, regardless of their willingness or desire to engage in the sex act. There is no such thing as a child prostitute.
Human trafficking affects every community in the United States across age, gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic backgrounds. Simply put, anyone can be a victim of human trafficking. Not only are victims trafficked in other countries, they are also our children, our teenagers, and our young adults.
What are the signs of human trafficking?
This is not an exhaustive list, but some common signs are:
- Has a child stopped attending school?
- Has the person had a sudden or dramatic change in behavior?
- Is the person disoriented or confused, or showing signs of mental or physical abuse?
- Does the person have bruises in various stages of healing?
- Is the person fearful, timid, or submissive?
- Does the person show signs of having been denied food, water, sleep, or medical care?
- Is the person often in the company of someone to whom he or she defers? Or someone who seems to be in control of the situation, e.g., where they go or who they talk to?
- Does the person appear to be coached on what to say?
What can I do to help?
To report an emergency, call 911 or your local authorities.
NEVER approach a suspected trafficker yourself.
To report suspected trafficking crimes (or if you're not safe), call the 24/7 toll-free National Human Trafficking Hotline at
TEXT "Help" or "Info" to BeFree (233733)
Trust your gut. See something, say something.
It's better to report and be wrong than to not report and lose a life.
Get involved! Find a local non-profit that you have vetted and trust, and help in whatever way you can.
Need suggestions? Of course ANEW would love to have you work with us (!), but we know lots of great folks and would be happy to refer you to one near you!
Raise awareness! We would love to come speak at your next event, church, business, or school. Contact us to request info on booking a speaker!
Parents - the greatest thing you can do is talk to and love your kids.
Predators look and watch for the vulnerable kids that don't feel loved, heard or understood. Reducing vulnerability through communication and taking the time to know your kids, what they're doing, who their friends are, and who they're talking to online, dramatically decreases the chance that they'll become a victim. Teach them to "Just Say No" to sexting, giving out their personal information or meeting up with somebody they met online.
You can make a difference, maybe even save a life, and it won't cost you anything but time.
Are There Upcoming Events?
ANEW's 1st annual "UNMASKING FREEDOM" formal masquerade gala is coming up on Thursday, October 10th at the gorgeous Crowne Plaza Melbourne-Oceanfront. Discounted rooms are available for those who are flying in or just want to get a little "stay-cation" in on the beach! Ahhhhhh...there's nothing like a balcony overlooking the ocean!
Join us for dinner, music, live auction, special guests, and hear from some of the amazing folks who work tirelessly, battling for the lives of our kids. We'll also have a short presentation and vendor tables featuring the businesses who are so graciously supporting this work in our community.
Click for tickets and we'll see you there!