Stop Sex Trafficking Miami
Sex trafficking of children is the darkest, most brutal and hidden place in our community. Most of our community has been lulled by the myth that sex trafficking is something that happens in far away places, beyond our community and our responsibility.
But the truth is, sex trafficking of children is flourishing, literally, in our own backyards. Because this horrific child abuse has remained hidden, unaddressed and misunderstood, it flourishes with impunity. Public awareness is the linchpin to ending this scourge.
Led by The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade, Stop Sex Trafficking Miami is a community awareness campaign that will engender the community together.
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Pulling Back the Curtains
We live in an amazing community, with lots of engaged, well-intentioned and well-informed people who care about their families, neighbors and community. And yet, most of our community does not yet know that vulnerable children in our community are being targeted and lured by manipulative traffickers that groom them to be sexually exploited. We need to pull back the curtains so that this most horrific child abuse cannot exist and thrive in the darkest corners of our community.
We need to expose the truth, that:
- Children as young as 12 years old are being sold for sex in the U.S. In Miami, we have documented cases of children sex trafficking as young as 13-years old.
- More than 100,000 children are sold for sex in the U.S. each year.
- These children can be sold multiple times a day. Children have reported being sold up to 40 times in a day.
- 83% of sex trafficking victims in the U.S. are U.S. citizens.
- Sex traffickers target our most vulnerable children, particularly those who have been sexually exploited, runaways and children in our child welfare system.
- Sex traffickers consider trafficking in children to be a high-profit, low-risk enterprise. Some estimates project that a trafficker can make $150,000-$200,000 per child per year and average 4-6 children. Unlike illegal drugs and guns, children are sold multiple times.
- Sex traffickers can be lone individuals, family members or extensive crime networks. Sex trafficking exists within many venues, including homes, fake massage businesses, online escort services, residential brothels, in public on streets and truck stops, strip clubs, hotels, motels and elsewhere.
We need to see them and call them what they are:
- Victims, not child prostitutes
- Child predators, not pimps
- Child rapists and pedophiles, not johns or tricks
- Injuries or other signs of physical abuse
- Branding tattoos that reference $money$, “daddy” or a man’s name
- Controlling “boyfriend” or intimate relationship with an older person who is not age-appropriate
- Unexplained new items such as cell phones, jewelry, and clothing
- Hiding computer, phone communications or details of whereabouts
- Chronic runaway
- Sexually explicit online profile
- Referencing sexual situations that are not age-appropriate
- Refers to trafficker/pimp and associates by familial titles such as daddy or family
CNN FREEDOM PROJECT Highlights Student Activism Against Human Trafficking.
Miami-Dade Takes On Sex Trafficking from 3 Generations.
3 Generations and the producers of the documentary Tricked honor the efforts of Miami-Dade to combat sex trafficking through community collaboration. A short tribute.
Erasing The Past – Channel 7 News Story on Miami Tattoo Co
It’s Right Here in Miramar – Tamara G: Interview with Stephanie Sorquira, Associate Program Coordinator, International Human Trafficking Institute, 8/25/16
- Kristi House
- (305) 547-6800
- Glory House of Miami
- (888) 373-7888
- Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe
- (305) 455-6000
- Our Kids Miami Cares Project
- (305) 455-6000
- Miami Bridge North
- (305) 635-8953
- Miami Bridge South
- (305) 246-8956
- Safespace North
- (305) 758-2546
- Safespace South
- (305) 247-4249
- The Lodge/VRI
- (305) 693-1170
- Aventura Police Department
- (305) 466-8965
- City of Miami Police Department
- (305) 603-6290
- Coral Gables Police Department
- (305) 460-5471
- Doral Police Department
- (786) 845-4600 x.2123
- Hialeah Police Department
- (305) 953-5351
- Homestead Police Department
- (305) 247-1535
- Key West Police Department
- (305) 809-1090
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
- (305) 273-3744
- Miami Beach Police Department
- (305) 673-7776 x.5843
- Miami Gardens Police Department
- (305) 474-1490
- Miami-Dade Police Department
- (305) 471-2125
- Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
- (305) 797-0121
- Monroe County SAO – 16th Judicial Court
- (305) 292-3400
- North Miami Beach Police Department
- (305) 948-5500 x.2570
- Office of the Attorney General of Florida
- (305) 377-5850 x.641
- Village of Pinecrest Police Department
- (305) 234-2100
- S. Department of Homeland Security
- (305) 597-6174
Stellar Public Leadership Section
- Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney – 11th Judicial Justice
- City of Miami Official Website
- Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners
- Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida
- National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) – Greater Miami Section
- Greater Miami Jewish Federation
- One Billion Rising
- Miami Bridge
- AGAPE Network
- Cuban American Bar Association – Pro Bono Project
- National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) – Kendall Section
- International Rescue Committee (IRC)
- The Glory House of Miami
- Aqua Foundation for Women
- Junior League of Miami
- Girl Power
- Sant La – Haitian Neighborhood Center
- FSU – Young Parents Project
- Our Kids of Miami-Dade and Monroe
- Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services
- Kristi House
- Fundacion Entre Nosotras
- Miami PACE
- Not On My Watch, Inc.
- Lotus House
- Americans for Immigrant Justice
- Florida Foster Care Review
- GAL – Guardian al Litem for Children
- Urgent, Inc.
- Gang Alternative
- Trafficking Center Hotline: 1 (888) 373-7888
- Phone Number: (202) 745-1001
- Link: http://polarisproject.org