Child Trafficking Prevention Education Program Available
The Niagara County Safe Harbour Program is now licensed to provide Not a #Number: A Child Trafficking and Exploitation Prevention Curriculum from LOVE146.
Not a #Number is an interactive, five-module prevention curriculum designed to teach youth how to protect themselves from human trafficking and exploitation through information, critical thinking, and skill development. Not a #Number is relevant to a variety of populations and has been embraced by schools, child welfare, and juvenile justice agencies, and other youth-serving organizations. For more information and to preview the curriculum, go to the LOVE146 website.
If you are interested in hosting the program at your organization, please call (716) 285-0045. The program is provided free of charge.
About CSEC and Child Trafficking
Human trafficking is the practice of exploiting people including children as commodities in conditions of sexual and labor servitude.
Examples of child trafficking can include:
- prostitution on the streets or in a residence, club, hotel, spa, or massage parlor
- online commercial sexual exploitation
- exotic dancing or stripping
- agricultural, factory, or meatpacking work; construction; domestic labor
- illegal drug trade
- door-to-door sales, street peddling, or begging
Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is a global problem that could be happening right in your neighborhood. The commercial sex industry victimizes boys, girls, and transgendered youth. CSEC occurs when individuals buy, trade, or sell sexual acts with a child. A commercial sexual act occurs when anything of value is given to or received in exchange for a sexual act.
Examples of CSEC can include:
- images of child sexual abuse
- intra-familial exploitation of children and youth
- exotic dance or performance
- sex tourism
- domestic minor sex trafficking
Common red flags
A child or youth:
- runs away frequently and/or for significant periods of time
- uses street slang for sex work
- has a significantly older partner or spends a lot of time with a controlling person or older adult
- describes a stalking situation
- is reluctant to discuss how they make money, where they live, how or when they came to the US
- is working more than they are in school
- is fearful of government officials such as police or immigration officers
- seems frightened or consequences to a degree greater than the situation warrants
- depends on a friend or co-worker to answer questions
- experiences suicidal ideation and depression
- disconnects from social supports such as family, friends, church, teachers, and others
- suffers from untreated injuries or provides explanations inconsistent with injuries
- has tattoos expressing ownership
- experiences multiple sexually transmitted infections, abortions, or anonymous sexual partners
- has been sexually abused.
Help is available.
1-888-373-7888 (24/7 National Hotline) -or-
Text Help to BeFree (233733)
Department of Homeland Security Tip Line
1-866-DHS-2-ICE or 1-866-347-2423