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Is Human Trafficking Happening In Your Community?

Feet of Homeless Woman smallerAre you or someone you know being trafficked? Is human trafficking happening in your community? Recognizing potential red flags and knowing the indicators of human trafficking is a key step in identifying more victims and helping them find the assistance they need.

Common Work and Living Conditions: The individual(s) in question:

  • Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
  • Is under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts
  • Is in the commercial sex industry and hs a pimp/manager
  • Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
  • Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
  • Is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work

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What Is Human Trafficking?

Human Trafficking Not For Sale smallerWhat Is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is a criminal business that profits from enslaving people for sexual servitude and forced labor. It is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world today (second only to drug trafficking and tied with illegal arms), according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 Modern Day Slavery:

Human trafficking is known as modern day slavery. Human trafficking deviates from our historic view of slavery, making it hard to conceptualize. But ultimately, slavery today and 200 years ago share the same notion: It's notion that one person's life, liberty and fortune can be under the absolute control of another, and be sold, bought, or used at the will of the owner.

Source: U.S.Department of Health and Human Services, Californians Against Sexual Exploitation

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Tumbleweed Center Focuses On Homeless Youth

tumbleweedThe Bra Recyclers very excited to announce our newest Charity Connection, Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development. In 2017 The Bra Recyclers is expanding it outreach to include homeless youth. It is our goal to support organizations that are providing shelther, support and education to homeless youth and their families to help break the cycle of homelessness in our country.

When asked how will bras help Tumbleweeds mission, Kristin Harris, Director of Events and Community Engagement, states, "To be able to provide a sense of well-being to young women who are transitioning from homelessness to our housing programs. Undergarments are a basic human need that needs to be fulfilled before someone can go from survival mode to working on a life plan."

Tumbleweed's mission is to "“Support homeless and forgotten youth to grow and thrive.” This is accomplished by empowering vulnerable young people to move from street-dependency to self-sufficiency through its programs and activities which include: emergency resources, housing solutions, and education and employment programming. Every night 650 youth sleep on the streets in Maricopa County. Annually, over 1,800 of these youth enter Tumbleweed programs and Tumbleweed connected with over 2,800 through street outreach efforts."

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