At Risk Communities
Human trafficking is a class issue with the poorer communities being more vulnerable to becoming both victims and pimps, especially the violent, gang ridden communities. However it doesn't work to go into those communities and tell them their communities don't work. Parents in these communities are dealing with homicide, suicide, drug addiction, gang recruitment, poverty, mental illness, the gang to prison pipeline, etc. It is overwhelming. Telling them there is another issue they need to be concerned about like human trafficking only adds to their angst and overwhelms them. With these communities, we need another approach. These communities are in pain. Offering to help them get out of pain and to help them to keep their children from joining gangs is what they will be receptive to. By reducing gang recruitment, we get at one of the primary sources of human trafficking. Non-profits with community awareness grants can teach "The Parent Program" or the "SEA Charter School Parent Program." Both these programs provide parents with an opportunity to have a support group where they can share their pain, learn parenting skills and be educated about human trafficking. Both these programs are court approved and empower parents to transform their homes from violence to peace, so children have a safe place to live which is a deterrent to gang recruitment. Churches can send someone from their church to learn to be an instructor for this program. This is one example of an approach that works. Mentoring and resilient programs are another.
What we wanted to offer was resources to the Spanish Community so if you wanted to create a display table you can do what we do, which is laminate the flyers on this page and have them at your table. Just click on the red links to download the flyers. Let's start with 2 flyers from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Here is one that shows minors being prostituted and another that shows how cruel the Human Traffickers are to their victims. Here is a great one for parents so they can know the warning signs of a teen who being "groomed" by a Human Trafficker. Here is a another great one from the National Human Trafficking Resource center that shows pictures of all forms of Trafficking, including labor trafficking. The center has posters like this in several languages. This one from Sower's Education demonstrates the various tactics pimps use to trick kids. All the groups mentioned above have websites with lots of great resources.
Netsmartz has awesome videos in Spanish that parents can use to start a conversations with their children on how Traffickers trick kids. Just go to their site and choose language at the upper right. http://es.netsmartz.org/Parents They have videos for teens, tweens and kids. Once you have selected a category at the top, just scroll down to "real stories" to access them. If you speak to parents, here is our Power Point in Spanish. Here is the script for it. We are currently working on translating the script into Spanish. Here is our flyer in Spanish which lists eleven main actions individuals or a faith community can take. Here is our power point in Spanish to facilitate a faith based ministry/social justice committee in taking action against trafficking. Here is the script in English which we are working on getting translated.
African American Communities
There are specific dynamics that need to be addressed in poor black communities if you want your audience to be engaged and there are specific resources to the poor black community that live in violent neighborhoods that they need. This power point addresses these issues. As mentioned before, the dynamics of this issue relate more to class than race. In middle and upper class neighborhoods, the vulnerability is being naïve. The standard Parent Presentation on the Parent tab works for any middle or upper class community, no matter what the race.
The teen presentation that we offer on the teen tab is sufficient for Asian teens. However, for first generation Asians, it is helpful to have a presentation in their language especially if in their country of origin, human trafficking was somewhat acceptable. They need to understand that it is illegal in the U.S. and many other countries like Europe. They will be more receptive if the presentation is done by someone of their race and in their language so we can address issues like massage parlor prostitution. Right now, the Chinese Christians are meeting with other leaders in the Los Angeles community to develop presentations like this. It should be available in the first quarter of 2019. Here are some flyers in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese that are from the Human Trafficking National Resource Center.