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

Warning Signs

  • 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

EVENTS

Click here to view the September 9th event press release.

 

MEDIA

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

RESOURCES

Shelters

  • 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

Victim Advocates

  • 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

Links

Stellar Public Leadership Section

Viral Collaborators