Sex Trafficking and Stalking Awareness Month
January is the National Human Trafficking Prevention Month and Stalking Awareness Month and the NAAV would like to contribute by providing an infographic that illustrates the basics of these issues.
Sex trafficking and stalking in Indian country needs to be addressed. The statistics show that a disproportionate amount of American Indian women are subjected to sex trafficking and stalking, and unfortunately, we rarely hear about this on the news.
Now is the time to stand up and make your voice heard. You can do this by sharing the infographic and helping us bring awareness to this issue. We want to make it clear that we are here to fight for the safety of Native women and girls.
Click the buttons below to download the PDF, JPEG(image), or a Microsoft Word version of the infographics. In the Microsoft Word Versions you can add in your own tribal information at the bottom and can choose either a 11X17 size or a legal paper size. We are also providing a template for awareness buttons that work with 3 inch button makers.
Sex Trafficking Downloads
Stalking Awareness Downloads
You may also use any of these social media messages listed to show your support. You may copy and paste any of these messages into a post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or whichever social media you prefer:
Sex trafficking is considered modern day slavery and it is happening in Indian country right now. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and its subsequent reauthorizations define sex trafficking as: a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age.
Sex trafficking thrives because there is a demand for it. The seller exploits victims, the victim is bought and sold for profit, and the buyer fuels the market with their money.
Stand up to say that sex traffickers are not welcome in Indian country. Offer your support to someone that might be a victim. Report your suspicions to your local law enforcement (tribal or non-tribal) or contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1.888.373.7888 (24/7).
Victims of sex trafficking need help. They do not need judgement or punishment. Many traffickers use violence, fear, or intimidation to get their victims to stay. They also seek out the most vulnerable in our Native communities.
Help protect our Native women and girls by recognizing the warning signs of a sex trafficking situation. If you suspect something, contact your local law enforcement (tribal or non-tribal) or the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1.888.373.7888 (24/7). Do not try to intervene yourself because you could be putting yourself AND the victim in harm’s way.
According to a 2016 General Accounting Office web-based survey on human trafficking investigations in Indian country, 60 out of 132 tribal law enforcement agency respondents indicated that they believed human trafficking is occurring on tribal land in their jurisdictions beyond what had been brought to their attention.
Put the pressure on your local or tribal government to increase offender accountability.
Ask your tribe to implement tribal codes that ensure thorough and effective prosecutions of human trafficking cases. Native voices should be heard!
The Violence Against Women Act defines stalking as: engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or suffer substantial emotional distress.
Almost 1 in 2 American Indian/Alaska Native Women have experienced stalking in their lifetime.
Stalking is about power and control. The abuser will use stalking tactics to enforce the power that they have over the victim, or try to regain the control they had over the victim when they feel their influence is slipping.
If you are excessively watched, tracked, followed, or monitored, you are being STALKED. Get help before it’s too late. Call your tribe’s domestic violence program or contact the U.S National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.7233.
Don’t downplay the danger if someone shows the signs of being stalked. Stalking is a crime in all 50 states. Support your fellow Natives if they confide in you that they are being stalked.
Stalking is scary. The unpredictability of stalking can lead to victims to have a high anxiety level. Imagine not knowing if you are safe and never knowing what the abuser will do next.
Cyberstalking is just as damaging as other forms of abuse. You should seek help immediately if someone is using any form of digital communication to harass, threaten, or cause harm to you.
People aged 18-24 experience the highest rates of stalking. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help if you are in a dangerous situation. Aunties, uncles, family, and friends are there to help you.
Texting back and forth with your friends is normal; Harassing or unwanted texts that make you feel uncomfortable is not. This is a form of cyberstalking. Other examples of cyberstalking include sending threatening emails, monitoring your personal data online, or posting defamatory statements.
Stalking is often glamorized in the mainstream media and pop culture. Take a stand against this normalization of criminal behavior. Obsession is not love.
It is never a bad idea to meet with an advocate to develop a safety plan if you think you are being stalked.
Some prevention steps:
- You can start by being aware of what you post on social media.
- Be cautious of the data that your smartphone is collecting. Some abusers can install spyware on your phone to access private information or access your phone’s GPS. https://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2014/09/15/346149979/smartphones-are-used-to-stalk-control-domestic-abuse-victims
If someone is stalking you or exhibiting obsessive behaviors towards you, this is not love. Take steps to protect yourself and seek help. Call your tribe’s domestic violence program or contact the U.S National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.7233.