Saturday, June 28, 2014

Read the article and watch the video of my additional in depth and exclusive interviews about being a victim of child sex trafficking with First Coast News (WJXX ABC 25 TV / WTLV NBC12 TV) in Jacksonville, Florida.

Local man tells horrifying tales of child sex slavery: Interview from the evening news on Friday May 30,2014 with First Coast News (WJXX ABC 25 TV / WTLV NBC12 TV) in Jacksonville, Florida 

For additional details about my seven years as a victim of child sex trafficking please click on the link below to read the article and watch the video of my additional in depth interviews with First Coast News (WJXX ABC 25 TV / WTLV NBC12 TV) in Jacksonville, Florida. God Bless you for helping me raise awareness about child sex trafficking and saving the next child from the hell I endured:

Local man tells horrifying tales of child sex slavery Friday May 30,2014  First Coast News (WJXX ABC 25 TV / WTLV NBC12 TV) in Jacksonville, Florida interview:

 - According to the United Nations Human trafficking generates $9.5 billion yearly in the United States.

-The U.S. Department of Justice estimates close to 300,000 children are at risk of being prostituted in the United States.
- The life expectancy of a victim of child sex trafficking is 7 years. Source FBI : 

-The average age of a sex trafficked child in the United States is 13-14 years old. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

-An average victim of sex trafficking may be forced to have sex up to 20-48 times a day (Polaris Project a nonprofit group dedicated to combating human trafficking).

--The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates a pimp can make $150,000-$200,000 per child a year and the average pimp has 4 to 6 girls

How To Identify A Human Trafficking Victim

•     Seems anxious, fearful or paranoid.  Avoids eye contact.
•    Tearfulness or signs of depression.
•    Unexplained bruises or cuts or other signs of physical abuse.
•    Appears to be in a relationship with someone who is dominating.
•    Never is alone and/or always has someone translating or answering questions on their behalf.
•    Not in control of their own finances.
•    Presents with secrecy or unable to answer questions about where they live.
•    Inconsistent details when telling their story.
•    Has no identification such as a license, passport or other ID documents.
    Inability to leave their job or residence.  Says they cannot schedule appointments.
    Being a recent arrival to the United States and does not speak English.
    Is under 18 and providing commercial sex acts.  Or at any age unwillingly providing commercial sex acts.
    Is afraid of law enforcement or receiving help from an outside entity.

If you can find an opportunity to get he/she alone, ask him/her the following screening questions:
     Can you leave your job or house when you want?
    Where did you get those bruises or is anyone hurting you?
    Do you get paid for your employment?  Is it fair?  How many hours do you work?
    (If foreign national) How did you get to the U.S. and is it what you expected?  Are you being forced to do anything you don't want to do?
    Are you or your family being threatened?
    Do you live with or near your employer?  Does your employer provide you housing?  Are there locks on doors or windows from outside?
    Do you owe debt to anyone?

If you suspect they are a victim of human trafficking,take the following actions:
    Ask the person if you can help them find a safe place to go immediately.
     If they need time, create an action plan with them to get to a safe place when they are ready.
     Call and make a report to the human trafficking hotline at 1.888.3737.888.  The hotline has language capabilities, so any individual can call directly if they choose.

The Department of Homeland Security online training about how to spot the signs of and report suspected human trafficking:

The Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign is now offering online training about how to spot the signs of and report suspected human trafficking. The training is aimed at the general public, the Federal workforce, first responders, and airline employees and focuses on:
    •    Defining human trafficking
    •    Differentiating between human trafficking and human smuggling
    •    Recognizing populations vulnerable to human trafficking
    •    Recognizing indicators of human trafficking   
A glossary and additional resources also are provided. View the Human Trafficking Awareness Training on the Department of Homeland Security's website:

Jerome Elam
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