Know the Signs


Recruitment of persons can happen almost anywhere. It can be at a party, at a metro station, a bus stop, schools, malls, community centres and even more easily now on the internet. Regardless of where it starts, traffickers typically employ a three-stage strategy which involves;

1. luring and grooming
2. isolation
3. control and exploitation.

Traps Traffickers UseHEY-4

Intimate Partner Trap
The trafficker develops an intimate relationship with the target in which he/she acquires the target’s trust before subjecting them to psychological and physical control. The trust and affection is acquired through expensive gifts, money and a show of affection. This technique is sometimes called love bombing or the romeo or boyfriend technique. It causes the target to believe that his/her self-worth, love and belonging can only be found in the trafficker. Eventually, the trafficker will subject the target to prostitution while he/she (the trafficker) benefits from the money earned.

Peer Trap
The trafficker in this case is about the same age as their target. They offer the target new friendships or social opportunities in and out of school. More often than not, youth who recruit their peers into sex trafficking are themselves victims of the same and are recruiting their peers under the control of an another trafficker.

Trusted Adult Trap
The trafficker is an adult that the target trusts. It could be a relative, for example a parent or a parent of a boyfriend or girlfriend. The trafficker rallies on the trust of their unsuspecting target to introduce them to sex trade.

Most of the people who have reported sex trafficking knew their traffickers before the offence.

Possible Signs of Sex Trafficking
HEY4Because sex trafficking is a highly hidden practice, there is no one typical profile by which we can identify youth who are being trafficked. However, there are a few common signs that you can look out for if you suspect that someone is being groomed for trafficking or is already being trafficked.

• Expensive new clothes, jewelry, nails, phone
• New friends or new boyfriend
• Out late more often
• Absence from school
• Change in language
• Withdrawn from family and friends
• Substance abuse
• Signs of physical abuse
• Carrying a large bag everywhere
• Signs of third party control of movement and social interaction
• A new tattoo

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