Monday, March 27, 2017

How To Identify Victims of Sex Trafficking.

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We're all collectively on high alert regarding the many missing teenage Black and Brown girls currently in Washington D.C. What is also getting more awareness is the 64,000 missing Black women and girls currently in the USA. The cases of missing Black women and girls is being handled poorly, by law enforcement which we explore in a previous article Missing While Black

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In many cities across the country teenage girls of color are reported missing in large numbers, and many believe it's a result of human trafficking; specifically the sex trafficking of teenage girls. Many sources are disputing the spike in missing teenagers in D.C and attribute it to the social media contributing to heightened awareness. 

I myself have conversed on social media with people that think these girls are simply runaways and the heightened awareness of these cases is simply that, just hype. Which adds to how deeply Black women and girls are not a priority among the missing. According to The Huffington Post, teens targeted for sex trafficking are homeless teens and runaways and are fighting to live on the street. Runaways are being dismissed as simply that, rather than examining what they are running from, and what they are running towards. 

How do we save these girls, and provide safe spaces for them? One way to start is by being able to identify teens that have been forced into prostitution. Here are a few list provided by and

Some warning signs
  • Signs of physical abuse, such as burn marks, bruises or cuts
  • Unexplained absences from class
  • Less appropriately dressed than before
  • Sexualized behavior
  • Overly tired in class
  • Withdrawn, depressed, distracted or checked out
  • Brags about making or having lots of money
  • Displays expensive clothes, accessories or shoes
  • New tattoo (tattoos are often used by pimps as a way to brand victims. Tattoos of a name, symbol of money or barcode could indicate trafficking)
  • Older boyfriend or new friends with a different lifestyle
  • Talks about wild parties or invites other students to attend parties
  • Shows signs of gang affiliation (i.e., a preference for specific colors, notebook doodles of gang symbols, etc.)

    Common Work and Living Conditions: The individual(s) in question
    • Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
    • Is under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts
    • Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp/manager
    • Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
    • Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
    • Is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work
    • Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off
    • Was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work
    • High-security measures exist in the work and/or living locations (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)

    Poor Mental Health or Abnormal Behavior

    • Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
    • Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement
    • Avoids eye contact

    Poor Physical Health

    • Lacks health care
    • Appears malnourished
    • Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture

    Lack of Control

    • Has few or no personal possessions
    • Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records, or bank account
    • Is not in control of his/her own identification documents (ID or passport)
    • Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)


    • Claims of just visiting and inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address
    • Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or do not know what city he/she is in
    • Loss of sense of time
    • Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story

    To request help or report suspected human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. Or text HELP to: BeFree (233733). 

    By Queen 
    Queen is a 30 something from the Bronx, NY. She created Ms. Vixen to spread her thoughts on feminism, Black pride, it's the first stop on her quest to be a media mogul. 
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