Information on Human Trafficking
Children in foster care are disproportionately victimized by human trafficking. Despite widespread acknowledgement of the connection between foster care and human trafficking it is estimated that 70-90 percent of child sex trafficking victims have a history in the child welfare system.
Richland County CASA (RCCASA) developed an initiative aimed at combating human trafficking, an effort that has strengthened working relationships with law enforcement, prosecutors, and social service providers. RCCASA provides special training to raise awareness and help people to spot warning signs of human trafficking. Since October 2016, the program has trained 657 participants. RCCASA devotes staff solely to advocate for child victims of human trafficking. The program coordinated training for the community of advocates, assisted law enforcement with prosecution, and helped social service agencies identify appropriate placements and provide heightened training to foster families.
Potential Indicators of a Child or Youth Who is Trafficked:
» Show signs of physical harm;
» Become depressed, fearful or withdrawn;
» Have a history of running away or currently on the run;
» Have expensive clothing, jewelry, manicures, etc. that you haven't seen before;
» Begin spending time with an older boyfriend or girlfriend;
» Be found in a hotel/motel;
» Have new tattoos or branding;
» Be performing work inappropriate for his or her age or not being compensated for work performed;
» Become isolated from family, friends or sources of support;
» No longer have control of his or her identification documents; and,
» Makes reference to having a "pimp" or "daddy."
If you see something suspicious, say something. If you suspect a child is a victim of trafficking, call 911 and the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at: l-(888)-373-7888. To report sexually exploited or abused minors, call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's11 (NCMEC) hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST
Reference: Advocacy In Action: Resources to Improve Safety, Permanency and Well-Being