Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is human trafficking prevention month, and both Governor Ducey and Cindy McCain are striving to raise awareness on the issue. During a press conference on January 17, 2019, Governor Ducey and McCain explained the importance of Arizonans being aware of human trafficking warning signs and becoming educated on prevention and awareness. Governor Ducey has been appointed to the National Advisory Council on Human Trafficking1 and the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University has partnered with the Arizona State University Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research in a project named, Project STARFISH (Sex Trafficking Awareness for Individual Strength and Hope). STARFISH offers a free curriculum for school educators to learn about prevention of human trafficking and how to respond to a human trafficking incident.2

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (“TVPA”) provides that human trafficking includes both sex trafficking and labor trafficking.3 Sex trafficking is defined as, “recruiting, harboring, transporting, provision or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act.”4 Labor trafficking is defined as, “recruiting, harboring, transporting, provision or obtaining of a person for the purpose of labor or services.”5

According to McCain and Governor Ducey, approximately 31,000 Arizonans have been trained to detect and report human trafficking. These persons include school educators, law enforcement, nurses, and prosecutors.6 However, it is important to continue raise awareness so that all persons are knowledgeable about warning signs. Warning signs may include: “a young person with an older, non-related adult; provocative clothing for the victim’s age or they are inadequately dressed for the situation; bruises, fear, overly submissive or other signs of abuse; and watched over or controlled by others.”7

The website for the Office of Governor Doug Ducey provides that while anyone can be a victim of human trafficking, there are more vulnerable groups, including, homeless youth, unaccompanied minors, runaway young, and persons displaced during natural disasters.8 Common recruiting locations include, but are not limited to, schools, malls, foster and group homes, bus stops, online sites, and restaurants and bars.9

If you see something you should call the police immediately. There are also tip-lines that you may call: (602) 454-2771 or 1 (888) 373-7888 (National Human Trafficking Hotline). The following websites also have additional information and resources: http://endsextrafficking.az.gov/; https://www.phoenix.gov/district2/human-trafficking.

1 KVOA News, Arizona Human Trafficking Prevention Efforts Lead Way for Nation, https://kvoa.com/news/local-news/2019/01/17/arizona-human-trafficking-prevention-efforts-lead-way-for-nation/ (January 22, 2019).
2 Project Starfish, https://www.mccaininstitute.org/project-starfish/ (January 22, 2019).
3 Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family, http://endsextrafficking.az.gov/ (January 22, 2019).
4 Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family, http://endsextrafficking.az.gov/ (January 22, 2019).
5 Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family, http://endsextrafficking.az.gov/ (January 22, 2019).
6 KVOA News, Arizona Human Trafficking Prevention Efforts Lead Way for Nation, https://kvoa.com/news/local-news/2019/01/17/arizona-human-trafficking-prevention-efforts-lead-way-for-nation/ (January 22, 2019).
7 Arizona Human Trafficking Council, endsextrafficking.az.gov (January 22, 2019).
8 Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family, http://endsextrafficking.az.gov/ (January 22, 2019).
but are not limited to, schools, malls, foster and group homes, bus stops, online sites, and restaurants and bars.9
If you see something you should call the police immediately. There are also tip-lines that you may call: (602) 454-2771 or 1 (888) 373-7888 (National Human Trafficking Hotline). The following websites also have additional information and resources: http://endsextrafficking.az.gov/; https://www.phoenix.gov/district2/human-trafficking.
9 Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family, http://endsextrafficking.az.gov/ (January 22, 2019).

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