What is Human Traficking?
Human Trafficking is the exploitation of men, women, and children for profit. This may look like various ways, including; recruitment, transportation, transfer, and harboring through that act of force, fraud, or deception. Traffickers will often make fake promises of education or job opportunities to trick their victims.
Know the Signs
There are warning signs to look out for which include.
- Appearing malnourished
- Tattoos/branding on the neck or lower back
- Showing signs of physical injuries and abuse
- Avoiding eye contact, social interaction, and authority figures
- Seeming scripted or rehearsed responses in social interaction
- Not allowing people to go into public alone, or speak for themselves
Report any concerns to the following.
- National Human Trafficking Hotline 1(888) 373-7888
- RTD’s Customer Service (209) 943-1111
- Call 911
Stop the Cycle
There are ways in which you can prevent human trafficking.
- Know the Signs
- Stay Informed
- Raise Awareness
- Report Concerns about Potential Trafficking
- Avoid supporting trafficked labor services (Ex: Massage Parlors)
“We are committed to creating a safe and secure environment for our employees, passengers, and community. This event provided RTD staff with the critical information they need to identify signs of human trafficking and help reduce cases and it is a good first step. We must continue to work together to help prevent human trafficking from happening in our community.”
—Alex Clifford, RTD CEO
“By partnering with organizations such as RTD, WCYFS is able to extend its reach and provide vital services to those who need them most. By engaging in conversation, we can help make a difference in the lives of many people.”
—Elizabeth Sanchez, WCYFS Community Engagement and Education Program Manager
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