Human Trafficking Prevention
January 22, 2024
What is human trafficking?
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, bringing awareness and education about the crime and public health issue of human trafficking.
It happens everywhere, even in Alaska.
We all have the opportunity to learn more, identify the signs, and help people affected seek support.
The term “human trafficking” refers to any illegal exploitation of a person through force, fraud, or coercion. This includes both forced labor and sex trafficking, especially when any person under the age of 18 is involved in a commercial sex act – which means being required to provide sex in exchange for money, basic needs, or protection.
People impacted by human trafficking could be U.S. citizens or any nationality, age, socioeconomic status, or gender. However, women and girls, LGBTQ+ individuals, vulnerable migrants, people from racial and ethnic minorities, and other historically marginalized and underserved communities are often disproportionately affected.
If you think someone around you may be experiencing coercion or trafficking, you can get help: the National Human Trafficking Hotline provides free, confidential support, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, and can connect people to critical support services that can help them stay safe. Call 1-888-373-7888, text HELP to 233733 (“BEFREE”), or chat via humantraffickinghotline.org.
How does KBFPC help stop human trafficking?
In addition to our comprehensive sexual & reproductive healthcare services, which are always confidential, all KBFPC staff and providers receive special training to recognize and support adults or teens who may be experiencing exploitation, coerced labor, or sex trafficking.
If you think you might have been impacted by illegal trafficking, know that it is never your fault and help is available. Our clinic is a safe resource, and part of a strong network of local professionals that can help clients who may be at risk for or who have experienced trafficking. Our staff share non-judgmental information and support, and we can help you reach out for more assistance if you want.
Additionally, as part of our comprehensive sexual health education curriculum aligned with national standards, KBFPC’s REC Education Team provides information and prevention resources for local youth including online safety and healthy communication, identifying signs of abuse or coercion, bodily autonomy and consent, and legal rights to protection.