There has been a huge influx of missing African American men, women and children with no immediate media or Social Media Network attention. Ear Hustle 411 will like to be a part of the solution. If you know that someone is missing, you can inform us and we will try our best to post the picture of the person and last known location of the missing individual in hopes that someone may have seen them. Often times we are hearing the child has ran away when the majority of the times the child is being trafficked either in child porn, Prostitution or Child Slavery. Some children do run away and end up in the hands of these same abusers.
There is not a consistent type or profile of a trafficking victim. Based on U.S. federal law, trafficked persons in the U.S. can be men or women, adults or children, and foreign nationals or U.S. citizens. Some are well-educated, while others have no formal education. Some immigrant victims are currently in the U.S. legally, and others are undocumented. Some form of vulnerability tends to be the common thread amongst all different trafficking victims.
It is essential to remember that vulnerability to human trafficking is far-reaching, spanning multiple different areas such as age, socio-economic status, nationality, education-level, or gender. Traffickers often prey on people who are hoping for a better life, lack employment opportunities, have an unstable home life, or have a history of sexual abuse – conditions that are present in all spheres of society.
Human trafficking victims have been identified in cities, suburbs, and rural areas in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C. They are forced to work or provide commercial sex against their will in legal and legitimate business settings as well as underground markets. Some victims are hidden behind locked doors in brothels and factories. In other cases, victims are in plain view and may interact with community members, but the widespread lack of awareness and understanding of trafficking leads to low levels of victim identification by the people who most often encounter them. For example, women and girls in sex trafficking situations, especially U.S. citizens, are often misidentified as “willing” participants in the sex trade who make a free choice each day to be there.
While anyone can become a victim of trafficking, certain populations are especially vulnerable. These may include: undocumented immigrants; runaway and homeless youth; victims of trauma and abuse; refugees and individuals fleeing conflict; and oppressed, marginalized, and/or impoverished groups and individuals.
Runaways and at-risk youth are targeted by pimps and traffickers for exploitation in the commercial sex industry or different labor or services industries. Pimps and sex traffickers are skilled at manipulating child victims and maintaining control through a combination of deception, lies, feigned affection, threats, and violence.
If you know or suspect someone of trafficking contact 911 immediately and also notify the National Human Trafficking Resource center.
Send info to Info@EarHustle411.com and please provide as much information as possible.
National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), operated by Polaris Project
- Call 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733)