Human trafficking is a growing problem in the United States. Authorities across the state are taking notice about the issue. A program to better educate the community on human trafficking in Rutherford County will be held on Wednesday night. Susie Trussell at Trinity United Methodist Church told WGNS…
The community event will be open to the public at 6:30, Wednesday night (5/7/14).
Address: 2303 Jones Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Some indicators raise a red flag that a person may be a victim of human trafficking:
- Chronic runaway/homeless youth
- Lying about age/false ID
- Injuries/signs of physical abuse (that they may be reluctant to explain)
- Has untreated illnesses or infections. Examples: Diabetes, cancer, TB.
- Has STDs, HIV/Aids, pelvic pain/inflammation, rectal trauma, urinary difficulties, abdominal or genital trauma.
- Inability or fear of social interaction
- Carries hotel keys/ key cards
- Exhibits emotional distress such as depression, submissiveness, anxiety, panic attacks, confusion, phobias, disorientation, self-inflicted injuries or suicide attempts.
- Inconsistencies when describing and recounting events
- Unable or unwilling to give local address or information about parent(s)/guardian
- Presence or fear of another person (often an older male or boyfriend who seems controlling)
- Sexually explicit profiles on social networking sites
- High number of reported sexual partners at a young age
- Talks about an older boyfriend or sex with an older man/boyfriend.
- Uses words associated with the commercial sex industry.
- Has a prepaid cell phone.
- May try to protect trafficker from authorities, have loyalty to trafficker, not identify as a victim.
- Has an unexplained sudden increase in money, clothing or other goods.
- Is frequently truant from school or not enrolled.
- History of abuse and/or trauma (rape, violent crime etc.).
View details of Human Trafficking HERE (CLICK).