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Transcript of Awareness
Where is it found?
What does it look like?
Who is Switch?
How can I help?
What is Human Trafficking?
recruitment, transportation, transfer,
harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat
or use of
or other forms of
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 labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
-Trafficking In Person’s Report
Human Trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world.
The National Human Trafficking Hotline reported a 35.7% increase of Human Trafficking in the U.S in 2016.
Human Trafficking is estimated to be a $150 billion industry with $99 billion being spent on sex trafficking
Must involve traveling/transporting/id theft
Must have physical force
Money must be exchanged
Traffickers look the same
Victims will immediately ask for help
Pornography isn’t harmful
It only happens to kids
It only happens to women
Where is it found?
Fake massage parlors
Rodeo/ Circus/ traveling attractions
Types of Trafficking:
How Big is the Problem?
There are more women in sex industry now than ever before.
How does it happen?
DJJ (Department of Juvenile Justice)
How Does It Happen?
Physical violence begins
Why doesn't she just leave?
The tactics listed are from the mouths of abusers themselves.
Provided by Rebecca Bender
I would start a fight before she visited with friends and family so that eventually, she just stopped visiting
Tired during the day from working at night.
Grades dropping in school
Withdrawn, depressed, or distracted
Suddenly has expensive things: high end, name brand purse, diamond bracelet, name brand clothes or nails and hair done on a regular basis.
Increasingly interested in or talks a lot about his dream, “we’re going to…”
Stories seemed rehearsed
Who are the traffickers?
People Charged With Human Trafficking:
Switch’s mission is to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Upstate of South Carolina through
Who is Switch?
Switch was established in November 2012
We have served over
women through community outreaches
We have helped
individuals in their process to restoration
“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” - Isaiah 42:16
As a monthly partner, you make restoration possible!
Speaking Engagements in Schools
Speaking Engagements in Churches
Speaking Engagements in Businesses
Educating Community Members
Training Partner Community Agencies
Talking about trafficking and educating youth and teens in schools
Speaking to youth groups in churches
Speaking to youth in DJJ
Training educators and individuals who work with youth
Pornography awareness and education in the community
Discussing how the demand for commercial sex fuels the supply for victims
Educating buyers who have been arrested for soliciting partnership with the Upstate John School
Accountability and support for men of Switch
24-7 Hotline for victims
Referrals from law enforcement and other community partners
Referrals to detox and rehab facilities
Referrals to Human Trafficking Restoration Homes
Hygiene products, food, clothing, and basic needs
Resume building and professional development
Budgeting and finance education
Referrals to transitional housing facilities
Older boyfriend, usually one not in school.
Morals and values have slowly changed.
Carries multiple cell phones – sometimes unnoticeable.
Keeps eyes down while in public
Starts to slowly become isolated.
Changes in moods/behaviors
Signs of physical abuse
Want More Information?
Made in the USA: The Sex Trafficking of America’s Children
To Report, Call:
Switch Emergency Hotline:
Find us: @Switch4216
The Power of Coercion
Provided by Shared Hope International
Legislature passed in 2012 provided higher penalties, criminal liabilities, and asset forfeiture by convicted traffickers. This law also allowed the Attorney General to chair a new human trafficking task force that works with other agencies (including Switch) to investigate and address the human trafficking in South Carolina.
Most recently, in April 2015, Governor Nikki Haley signed a law that allows the grand jury to handle human trafficking cases which allows cases to be investigated and prosecuted across county lines. This law also expanded the definition of human trafficking to include prostitution and mandated the human trafficking hotline signs be posted in hospitals, airports, adult businesses, and public transportation areas.
South Carolina Human Trafficking Laws
Provided by Polaris Project
74% are victims are adults. (ILO)
45% of victims are males. (ILO)
Volunteer with Us
Refuse to Click!
- Pretty Woman
- Risky Business
- The Client List
- Secret Diary of a Call Girl
- female halloween costumes
- "Pimp N' Hoe" costumes/party themes
Trafficker will pose as loving boyfriend
Use of physical and sexual violence with affection
Trauma Bond/Stockholm Syndrome develops
Psychological break down begins
Sex becomes forced and violent
Pimp/Trafficker: I moved her way out in the country or to another city. When I left, I took her car battery with me.
Survivor: “I felt too guilty about leaving after an argument. I was also too embarrassed for my family to see my bruises.”
Pimp/Trafficker: I made her believe that the cops would hurt her. I had a friend dress up as a cop and hurt her children so she would never reach out for help.
Survivor: “At first, I felt excited to be in a new adventure, a new town. After a while, I felt I had no one to turn to– no where to go.”
Survivor: “I thought I couldn't trust the cops or anyone else for that matter.
No one was safe."
“Trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being.”
(SAMHSA, 2012, p. 2)
Trauma is a psychologically wounding experience that induces powerlessness, fear, recurrent hopelessness and a constant state of alert.
(National Center on Trauma-Informed Care)
Continuum of Trauma
Trauma while feeling safe. Complete internal processing and release.
Trauma while feeling moderately safe. Defense mechanisms needed.
Processed and released
Trauma with virtually no feelings of safety.
Heavier defense mechanisms, especially suppression.
PTSD- DSM defined.
Trauma is repressed.
Trauma deeply repressed.
Stress and the Brain
reasoning, judgment, higher level thinking, executive functioning
The "Bottom" Girl
$10 per month
= one week of trauma counseling for one participant
$18 per month
= one joy building activity per month for one participant (I.e movie, dinner out, etc. with her advocate)
$25 per month
= duffle bag, clothing, and hygiene products for 5 participants transitioning to a long term restoration program
$50 per month
= a survivor mentorship program, a bible and a journal for 2 participants
$75 per month
= 8 weeks of trauma counseling for one participant
$105 per month
= 1 month of rehab for one participant
$250 per month
= one year of case management for one participant
$315 per month
= full cost of 90 day rehab for one participant
$500 per month
= clothing and hygiene products for one year, duffle bag, survivor mentorship program, bible, journal, 8 weeks of trauma counseling, 24 joy-building activities, and 90 day rehab for one participant
One Time Gifts Can Bring HOPE!
duffle bag, clothing, and hygiene products for one participants transitioning to a long term restoration program
one week of trauma counseling for one participant
a survivor mentorship program, a bible and a journal for one participants
8 weeks of trauma counseling for one participant
1 month of rehab for one participant
clothing and hygiene products for one year, duffel bag, survivor mentorship program, bible, journal, 8 weeks of trauma counseling, 24 joy-building activities, and 90 day rehab for one participant
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In the fight against human trafficking in the Upstate.
In the Upstate Alone:
10 Strip Clubs
17 fake massage parlors
22 illegitimate escort services
150+ ads posted
on online sites
600 working in the commercial sex industry on a given weekend night
Trauma is a
response to an
In surveys of adolescents receiving treatment for substance abuse, more than 70% of patients had a history of trauma exposure
-(National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
Walk 4 One: October 28