This link takes you to a page on The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. To support of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, which was in January, the website created a list of resources for different types of professionals working with victims of sex trafficking, families of victims, and the victims themselves. NCTSN- human trafficking awareness month resource list
This link offers 20 ways in which people can help the fight against human sex trafficking.
This Documentary explores the issue of sex-trafficking in Tampa-Bay, Florida. They explore the issue, the contributing factors, the effects on the victims, there are even a number of surviving victims who share their stories, and lastly, there are ideas for and explanations of movements and programs that are in the works or already in place to help the victims of sex-trafficking save themselves, get safe housing, and even help them to love and trust again and try to have some sort of childhood. Click on the link to watch the PBS documentary.
This is an amazing documentary television series filmed for PBS about women and girls around the world who are living in some of the most difficult situations under extremely trying circumstances and people who are trying to help them. Some of the circumstances explored are empowerment through economic power, education, forced prostitution, child prostitution, maternal mortality, gender-based violence, and sex trafficking. The documentary is available to buy at this address of for free on Netflix.
This article discussed the importance of nurses knowing the signs of child sexual abuse so that they could look out for them. It also discussed how children who are victims of sexual abuse could experience sexualized behavior, be more likely to develop ADHD, experience PTSD, depression, are at higher risk of suicide, substance abuse, obesity, and adult revicimization. The article also talks about how children of women who were abused as children or adolescents are more at risk of being physically and sexually abused.
Hornor, G. (2010). Child sexual abuse: Consequences and implications. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 24(6), 358-364.
This study examines and explains Child Sexual Abuse, Coping, Responses, Self-Blame, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Adult Sexual Revictimization. The study also discusses how survivors of sexual child abuse are twice as likely to experience sexual abuse as adults, especially likely when the individual has poor coping skills.
Filipas, H. , & Ullman, S. (2006). Child sexual abuse, coping responses, self- blame, posttraumatic stress disorder, and adult sexual revictimization. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 21(5), 652-672
This page on the Polaris Project website, has a ton of individual stories from victims of human sex trafficking. The Polaris Project is an organization that advocates and is fighting for an end to human trafficking. As we have learned, this is an issue not just in foreign countries, but right here in the US, in our own states and home towns. The stories on this page are stories from victims found in or around Washington, D.C. and New Jersey. The issue of human trafficking in the U.S. is important to be aware of because the majority of the victims are young girls around 14 years of age.
Human Sex Trafficking Stories via The Polaris Project
Sexual abuse and or trafficking is obviously stressful and can lead to deep trauma impacting all levels of development.
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This article discusses the issue of child brides and argues that the US taking action to end it is good for foreign policy. It also argues that the US spends billions of dollars to fund programs that aim to help economic growth, help lessen the spread of HIV/Aids, promote education, and help provide health to women and children. The article argues that if we are to invest in ending child brides we would be helping with a lot of the previously stated goals such as lessening the spread of HIV/Aids. It also argues that bringing education to the at risk girls will help prevent them ending up child brides as educated girls are much less likely to be married off. Less child brides means more educated women which means less HIV/Aids spreading and more opportunities for work which helps with economic growth. So why aren’t we helping???
By Clemistene Victor, Nicole Iwahashi, Sinei Moreno-Botana and Colleen McCullough
In this particular article, no specific policies were mentioned. Shared Hope International, the organization that is working towards eradicating sex trafficking, was mentioned. Shared Hope International is an organization that supports and promotes legislators who are in favor of eradicating sex trafficking as well as policy’s that are created to end sex trafficking, or help the victims of sex trafficking. Since this article was about California’s grade in Shared Hope International’s Protected Innocence Challenge Report, which gives each state a report card grade that is dependent on their policy’s and laws that are in place to fight and end sex trafficking, we will focus on California.
For California, the policy makers are our local legislators and you, our California voter.
The jurisdiction of the policy makers targeted in this context is also California, even though Shared Hope International is a national effort.
the major provisions and points of the policy’s that California should be enacting are harsher consequences and jail time for pimps and sex traffickers, programs that help victims of sex trafficking in any number of ways, etc.
The socio-cultural, historical, and political context in which the policy is formed needs to include more awareness of California residents and its leaders and with that awareness, the willingness to take action and not stay quiet when we see something that looks like it could be sex trafficking happening. We need to be less afraid of getting involved and fighting for what is right. Sex trafficking happens not just in dark alleyways at night, but in broad daylight, in public places, in person, on the internet, everywhere. People need to be aware and do what they can to make a difference.
The assumptions of these policy’s as well as the beliefs they would exude regarding society and families is that sex trafficking is wrong. It must be stopped. It is against the law, a crime. and it is morally wrong.
#1 What could explain California’s consecutive ‘F’ state report cards?
Answer: California has not introduced enough bills specifically regarding minor sex trafficking. The report cards and analysis reports are not being used to highlight the advocacy tools and blueprints in order for legislative action to take place.
#2 What is the Protected Innocence Challenge? How does it help inspire and equip advocates?
Answer: Under the Challenge, every state receives a Report Card that grades the state on 41 key legislative components that must be addressed in a state’s laws in order to effectively respond to the crime of domestic minor sex trafficking. In addition, each state receives a complete analysis of this 41-component review and practical recommendations for improvement.
#3 Tell us about your thoughts/feelings about child sex trafficking being, or not being, an issue in CA
#4 When you hear the term “sex trafficking,” you think of…
#5 What would you do today to advocate for this issue