This brief provides educators with an overview of the issue of minor sex trafficking and suggests specific steps that schools can take to respond to signs of trafficking among its students. It also offers suggestions for how State Coordinators for Homeless Education and local homeless education liaisons can help guide their states’ and school districts’ efforts to address trafficking within schools. Youth experiencing homelessness are particularly vulnerable to being targeted for victimization through trafficking; because of this, educators working with homeless and other at-risk students should be well informed about the issue and effective ways to respond within schools. Briefs on additional topics pertaining to the education and well-being of children and youth experiencing homelessness.
This wheel was adapted from the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project’s Duluth Model Power and Control Wheel, available at www.theduluthmodel.org
The below statistics include information from the calls, emails, and webforms received by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline (available at traffickingresourcecenter.org/statistics); from texts received by Polaris’s BeFree Textline; and from communications referencing overseas cases. Through these communications, Polaris has learned of, responded to, and analyzed thousands of cases of human trafficking. The data are not intended to represent the full scope of human trafficking, but to help identify trends. Statistics on this page are from Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2015
The following information is based on incoming signals made to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) from January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014 from individuals in Texas about human trafficking cases and issues related to human trafficking. Signals refer to incoming communications with the NHTRC and can take the form of phone calls, online tip reports, or emails. Signals regarding topics unrelated to human trafficking are not included in this report. In 2014, the NHTRC received a total of 24,062 signals nationwide.
Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force (July 2014)
In 2013, the Texas Legislature made human trafficking training for educators and other school-based personnel a priority for Texas. This manual, prepared especially for education professionals, affirms the important role school personnel play in Texas’ statewide, cross-disciplinary anti-trafficking efforts. Specifically, this manual is designed to help education professionals recognize and report instances of suspected human trafficking. When you successfully recognize and report, Texas children reap the rewards
Schools can and should be safe havens for students, and even more so for some students whose lives are otherwise characterized by instability and lack of safety or security. In these cases, school personnel are uniquely well positioned to identify and report suspected abuse and connect students to services—actions that can prevent trafficking and even save lives. Everyone who is part of the school community—administrators, teachers, bus drivers, maintenance personnel, food service staff, resource officers, and other school community members—has the potential to be an advocate for child victims of human trafficking, but, first, school community members must learn the indicators of the crime, its warning signs, and how to respond when a student is an apparent victim.
Texas RISE to the Challenge
Developed by the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force