Educate Yourself

Stop Traffick Promo (2009)

The Facts

Download the Traffick Free Fact Sheet (PDF)

Interviews with Moody Radio

October 28th, 2013 – Traffick Free’s Communications Director talks to Nancy Turner about our very successful 5k Run Against Traffick, our upcoming Benefit Concert & the stage play Shadow Town. Listen here.

August 7th, 2013 – Traffick Free’s Special Events Director discusses how she got involved with Traffick Free and was first introduced to the issue of human trafficking when she was in Thailand on a short-term missions trip as well as our upcoming 5k on September 7th.

May 9th, 2013 – Traffick Free Executive Director Laura Ng discusses the Cleveland kidnappings and our 2013 Freedom Forum on May 16th, giving listeners a tangible way to respond to the situation. Listen here.

February 27th, 2013 – Traffick Free’s Communications Directorspeaks with  Nancy Turner on “This is the Day” about human trafficking in Chicagoland and what Traffick Free is doing to bring an end to it. Listen here.


Organizations / Websites to Explore

Based in Illinois:

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation

The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) addresses the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or support sexual exploitation. Their work includes prevention, policy reform, community engagement, and legal services.

The Center on Halsted

Center on Halsted is the Midwest’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland.

INK 180

INK 180 transforms the painful reminders of the destructive situations into beautiful art by covering the tattoos left from a former life in a gang or enslaved by human trafficking.

Teen Living Programs

Teen Living Programs is the only agency in Chicago working solely with 14- to 24-year-old homeless youth. It offers comprehensive, year-round services to address everything from emergency needs and housing to education, job readiness, and healthy lifestyles.

The National Runaway Safeline (1800runaway.org)

The mission of the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) is to help keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.

The Night Ministry

The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, access to healthcare, and human connection to individuals struggling with poverty or homelessness. The organization works to address immediate physical, emotional, and social needs while affirming individuals’ sense of humanity.

The Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium

The Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium (NTAC) coordinates and provides quality, trauma-informed and culturally appropriate services to foreign-born survivors of human trafficking and their family members in New England, New York, New Jersey, the Great Lakes, and the Upper Midwest. Heartland Human Care Services in Chicago, IL is the coordinating agency for the Midwest Region (MI, WI, IL, IN).

NATIONAL AND GLOBAL

National Human Trafficking Resource Center

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center operates under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

The Polaris Project

Named after the North Star that guided slaves towards freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project has been providing a comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery since 2002.

Shared Hope International

Shared Hope International strives to prevent the conditions that foster sex trafficking, restore victims of sex slavery, and bring justice to vulnerable women and children. We envision a world passionately opposed to sex trafficking and a committed community restoring survivors to lives of purpose, value and choice – one life at a time.

The Not For Sale Campaign

The Not For Sale Campaign is a nation-wide initiative to end slavery through open source activism

Free the Slaves

Free the Slaves is an organization that liberates slaves around the world, helps them rebuild their lives, and researches real world solutions to eradicate slavery forever.

The American Anti-Slavery Group

The American Anti-Slavery Group (AASG) is a nonprofit organization that works with former victims of human trafficking to abolish modern-day slavery, focusing primarily on systems of chattel slavery in Sudan and Mauritania.

Love146

Love146 works toward the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation through Prevention and Aftercare.

SlaveryMap

SlaveryMap exists to record and display instances of human trafficking across the globe.

CALL+RESPONSE

CALL+RESPONSE is a documentary film on modern day slavery that has inspired an activist movement.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

The mission of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) is the largest investigative organization and is run by the federal government. Their primary focuses include human trafficking, human smuggling and border security.


Books to Read

Somebody’s Daughter, by Julian Sher

In Somebody’s Daughter: The Hidden Story of America’s Prostituted Children and the Battle to Save Them, meet the girls who are fighting for their dignity, the cops who are trying to rescue them, and the community activists battling to protect the nation’s most forsaken children. Author Julian Sher takes you behind the scenes to expose one of America’s most underreported crimes: A girl from New Jersey gets arrested in Las Vegas and, at great risk to her own life, helps the FBI take down a million-dollar pimping empire. An abused teenager in Texas has the courage to take the stand in a grueling trial that sends her pimp away for 75 years. Survivors of the sex trade in New York, Phoenix, and Minneapolis set up shelters and rescue centers that offer young girls a chance to break free from the streets. “The sex trade is the new drug trade,” says one FBI special agent, and Somebody’s Daughter is a call to action, shining a light on America’s dirty little secret.

Girls Like Us, by Rachel Lloyd

A deeply moving story by a survivor of the commercial sex industry who has devoted her career to activism and helping other young girls escape “the life.” In Girls Like Us, Lloyd reveals the dark, secretive world of her past in stunning cinematic detail. And, with great humanity, she lovingly shares the stories of the girls whose lives she has help and small victories that have healed her wounds and made her whole. Revelatory, authentic, and brave, Girls Like Us is an unforgettable memoir.

The Road of Lost Innocence:  The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine, by Somaly Mam

Born in a village deep in the Cambodian forest, Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather when she was twelve years old. For the next decade she was shuttled through the brothels that make up the sprawling sex trade of Southeast Asia. Trapped in this dangerous and desperate world, she suffered the brutality and horrors of human trafficking–rape, torture, deprivation–until she managed to escape with the help of a French aid worker. Emboldened by her newfound freedom, education, and security. Somaly blossomed but remained haunted by the girls in the brothels she left behind.

Not for Sale, by David Batstone

Batstone exposes the alarming rise of one of the great moral crises of the day, human slavery. His well-written accounts of victims and survivors will inspire you to join the growing twenty-first century abolitionist movement.

Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy, Kevin Bales

Slavery is illegal throughout the world, yet more than twenty-seven million people are still trapped in one of history’s oldest social institutions. Kevin Bales’s disturbing story of contemporary slavery reaches from Pakistan’s brick kilns and Thailand’s brothels to various multinational corporations. His investigations reveal how the tragic emergence of a “new slavery” is inextricably linked to the global economy.

Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves, Kevin Bales

Bales provides a guide for eliminating the plague of slavery that continues to this day, involving some 27 million slaves worldwide producing $13 billion in goods and services. Bales provides a thorough overview of slavery, including its history, its methods, the lives of its victims around the world and the conditions under which it flourishes; most importantly, Bales has put together guides to action at every level, from the individual to the community to the United Nations, in a six-point plan that includes protecting, arming and cloning “the liberators,” enacting and enforcing effective antislavery legislation and, perhaps most important, helping freed slaves heal.

Good News About Justice, by Gary Haugen

This book offers stories of courageous Christians who stood up for justice and mercy and also calls the Body of Christ into action.

Terrify No More, by Gary Haugen

Focuses on the dramatic rescue story of 5-year-old children in the village outside of Phnom Pehn, and uses flashbacks to tell those of many other victims who were given a second chance at life by IJM.

A Crime So Monstrous, by Benjamin Skinner

Today there are more slaves than at any time in history, according to journalist Skinner’s report on current and former slaves and slave dealers. Skinner’s travelogue-cum-indictment focuses most sharply on Haiti, Sudan, Romania and India, and is interspersed with a detailed account of the work of John Miller, director of the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, or America’s antislavery czar. Skinner’s account of the internal workings of the State Department and the deep links to faith-based antislavery groups and their special interests is seriously newsworthy and, at times, moving.

Sex Trafficking 2008, by Siddharth Kara

Kara, a former investment banker and executive, uses theoretical economics and business analysis to propose measures that could eradicate sex trafficking by undermining the profitability of the illegal activities associated with the crime.

The War on Human Trafficking, by Anthony DeStefano

The War on Human Trafficking covers the policy battles surrounding efforts to abolish human trafficking. Anthony M. DeStefano details events leading up to the creation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 1000–the federal law that first addressed this phenomenon–and assesses the effectiveness and aftermath of the law. DeStefano also describes the tensions created as the Bush Administration used trafficking laws to attack prostitution and shows how the American response to these criminal activities was influenced by the events of September 11th and the war in Iraq. This important book gets beyond sensational stories of sexual servitude and explains the powerful economic conditions that impel immigrants to put themselves at risk.


Movies to Watch

Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth

Sex+Money is a documentary about domestic minor sex trafficking and the modern-day abolitionist movement fighting to stop it. Since September 2009, the crew has traveled to over 30 states and conducted more than 75 interviews with federal agents, victims, politicians, activists, psychologists, porn stars, among others. (trailer)

Very Young Girls

Very Young Girls is an exposé of the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in New York City as they are sold on the streets by pimps, and treated as adult criminals by police. (trailer)

Trade

13 year-old child is taken from Mexico City. She ends up in New Jersey as an internet sex slave. (trailer)

Not My Life

Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, Not My Life takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited, every day, through an astonishing array of practices including forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence, and child soldiering. (site)

Call + Response

Documentary that reveals that there are more slaves today than in human history. Features child brothels in Cambodia and India. Includes performances by many of today’s high profile music artists. (trailer)

Holly

Set in Cambodia, depicts child prostitution between Holly, a beautiful 12-year-old Vietnamese girl, and Patrick, an obsessive 40-year-old. (trailer)

Lives for Sale

A one-hour investigative documentary exposes the painful, rarely seen human side of illegal immigration – including the growing black market trade in human beings.

Born Into Brothels

Documentary that unfolds in the red-light district of Calcutta. Briski gets involved in the lives of the children by teaching the basics of photography, which becomes a creative outlet for the kids.

Branded

A documentary that specifically focuses on the commercial sex trade in Phoenix, AZ

The True Cost

A documentary that focuses on the low cost of “fast fashion” (think stores like H&M and Forever 21) have forced the makers of these clothes into ever more low-paying and dangerous working conditions that lead to building collapses like what happened at Rana Plaza that killed over 1,000 workers. This is available on Netflix. (trailer)