Human Trafficking Prevention

It’s easy for many of us to keep human trafficking at arms length, limiting our exposure to it from what we see in the news or movies, like Takenor The Whistle Blower. That’s what most of us are used to with many issues today, but in fact, human trafficking is very real and often very different than what is depicted in film and TV.

Human trafficking is modern day slavery. It happens every day of the year. It’s far different than what people expect. While sex trafficking of women is a major problem and is often the main feature in stories, traffickers don’t discriminate based on gender — both males and females can be trafficked for labor, for their organs, as soldiers, for begging, or marriage. In fact, most victims of forced labor trafficking are men. 

When we hear the term “human trafficking”, we often think it is something that occurs only overseas. However, human trafficking generates more money in America, at approximately $975 million dollars´╗┐ annually´╗┐, than it does overseas. 

Another daunting number is, every 2.5 hours a child is taken by human traffickers in America. Texas is the 2nd most trafficked state, with Houston and Dallas being the worst cities. Approximately 300,000 people are trafficked in Texas at anytime, and of those 79,000 are minors and youth. Yes, you read those numbers right. Zooming into our own backyard with Dallas, about 400 teens are being trafficked on the streets each night! Dallas, alone, produces an average of $99 million dollars annually. 

Allies quickly became aware of the realities of everyday trafficking not long after volunteers began building relationships with children in the orphanages. The reality for these children was astonishing. 

As young as 16 years old, children were “aging out” of the orphanage, meaning the government was saying, “So long, we won’t feed you anymore. You’re on your own.” Often with nothing more than the clothes on their back and bag in hand, these children were set loose into a world where they had no education, no formal training, no job connections and no family to fall back on. 

These children are a prime target for traffickers because they know the children have nowhere to turn. Traffickers offering hope and a way to make a living entrap these children into evils they cannot escape. With no prospects and no place to live, these children often take the bait and become victims of human trafficking, prostitution, substance abuse, homelessness and suicide. According to research, the average life expectancy of these kids is only 29.

Our hearts went out to these children and Allies soon rolled out a number of programs aimed at engaging, educating and empowering these kids to recreate their future.

Today Allies has seen these children thrive! Along with providing much needed love and friendship, our goals include properly preparing them to gain entry into college or a trade school and connecting them with a job network afterward. Through these initiatives the children have done just that.

Here are some of our 2019 results:

This preventative model of engaging, educating and empowering before they age out of the orphanage is proving very successful and the need is enormous.

How You Can Help

Awareness is the first step to solving any problem. Now that you know the dangers these children face, we invite you to partner with us to empower these children to change their future! We also invite you to explore the dangers our children face in America, and even right here  in DFW. More on that below.

Anyone can join in the fight against human trafficking. Here are just a few ideas to consider.

1.     Partner with Allies or other organizations fighting human trafficking. Financial gifts, volunteering your time, donating supplies, or simply sharing with your friends on social media are great ways to help.

2.     Use your social media platforms to share stories from organizations, such as the EXPLOITED series or those in CNN's Freedom Project. But be suspicious of unverified social media posts about human trafficking; passing on incorrect reports can undermine the efforts of those fighting against modern-day slavery.

3.     Put the National Human Trafficking Hotline in your cell phone (888-3737-888) and call it or 911 when you think you see something that could be human trafficking. 

4.     Download an anti-human trafficking app. Mobile apps like TraffickCamenable you to help combat sex trafficking by uploading photos of the hotel rooms you stay in when you travel. Traffickers regularly post photographs of their victims posed in hotel rooms for online advertisements. These photographs are evidence that can be used to find and prosecute the perpetrators of these crimes. In order to use these photos, however, investigators must be able to determine where the photos were taken.

5.     Cultural stigmas often help drive the commercial sexual exploitation of women, children and others. Analyze entertainment and other media influences that you consume. Do they use sexual imagery or ideas to dehumanize or humiliate others? Do they reinforce stereotypes that help promote exploitation?

6.     Trafficking often happens in areas of large gatherings: restaurants, hotels, nail salons, airports, and shopping malls. Look out for these signs: 

If you suspect someone is being trafficked, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

Why You Should Care?

Human trafficking and modern slavery are vast problems taking place in every country around the world. But still, the crimes are hidden in secrecy, and until we bring them out into the open through raising awareness and sharing the stories of people affected, finding a solution is made all the more difficult.