VAWA: Raising awareness about Human Trafficking

by Mescalero Apache Tribe | July 14, 2020 9:12 am

Greetings!! The Violence Against Women Program would like raise awareness regarding Human Trafficking. Human Trafficking is defined as the buying, selling, and/or transportation of a person for the purpose of exploiting them for sex or forced labor. There is no “one size fits all” for a what a victim of human trafficking looks like. People who are trafficked are children, teenagers, and adults of all genders. Many people are deliberately preyed upon based on their vulnerabilities, and those who are most disadvantaged in our society are often the common targets.  Human traffickers lure their victims by using charm, lies and deception, promising a better life and opportunities to make money. As long as trafficking remains profitable, difficult to detect, and hard to punish, traffickers will create new ways to exploit their victims. Summer is the time be outdoors with our families, our children play with their friends throughout the neighborhoods and often wonder to other family members homes, please vigilant of your surroundings, and watch your children.

The following points will help you to be safe, please share with family members and friends.

Immediately report any suspicious activity or vehicles to the Mescalero Law Enforcement at (575) 464-4451 or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888. You may also contact the Mescalero Violence Against Women Program at (575) 464-0078/0079.

Thank you and please be safe!!

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