Human trafficking is a crime involving the exploitation of someone for the purpose of compelled labor or a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Human trafficking affects individuals across the world, including here in the United States, and is commonly regarded as one of the most pressing human rights' issues of our time.
Human trafficking affects every community in the United States across age, gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic backgrounds. Human trafficking within the United States affects victims who are U. S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, visa holders, and undocumented workers.
Victims of human trafficking often do not immediately seek help or self-identify as victims of a crime due to a variety of factors, including lack of trust, self-blame, or specific instructions by the traffickers regarding how to behave when talking to law enforcement or social services. The victim often exhibits these characteristics:Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid. Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement. Avoids eye contact.
Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age.
Labor trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
If you see any of these red flags,
contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
SIGNS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
An unaccompanied minor at night
A person appearing fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense or paranoid
A person monitoring or restricting another's movement and communication device usage
A person being supplied with drugs to ensure compliance
A person being coerced or coached by another
Signs of malnourishment
Injuries from beatings and/or signs of torture (cigarette burns, bruises, etc.)
Wearing minimal clothing or scantily clad
Multiple young people exiting a vehicle one at a time, displaying above indicators
For more information, please visit the National Human Trafficking Resource Center websites.
SOURCES: National Sheriffs' Association and California Highway Patrol
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office will upgrade its text message alert notification feature on or before October 3rd to supplement an upgrade completed earlier this summer. The upgraded text alert system will feature a short URL in the message body, instead of a full URL. The messages will continue to come from 96167 or 470-219-3777. Below is an example of a current alert with a full URL and a sample of the same alert with a short URL:
As shown above, the message body will have a Subject line (the Message from the Sheriff title, in the above example) and a From address of Escambia Sheriff AL. There will still be an option to change subscription at the bottom of the message.
To sign up for alert notifications from our office, to change your current subscription, or to unsubscribe from our alerts, please go to our Sign Up for Alerts page.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office welcomes any feedback from the community on this text alert upgrade. To provide feedback, please let us know through our Contact Us form or call us at 251-809-2141.
As always, we wish to thank the public for their continued support of law enforcement. We believe the unique partnership we have between the public and law enforcement enhances the security and quality of life we all enjoy.
Sheriff Grover Smith