resources

 
Child sexual exploitation can be overwhelming but by knowing the facts and accessing the resources below, you’ll be armed with information and options. If you feel trapped, remember you are never alone and if you suspect that a loved one or a friend is being exploited, there is support for you. Email us at support@nestfoundation.org and we’ll make sure to connect you with the right organization or agency and support you however we can.
 
 

 
 

understanding the terms

The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person under the age of 18 for the purpose of a commercial sex act. Child Sex Trafficking is a form of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). It is also known as Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST).

Grooming describes a method offenders use to build trust with a child and the adults around that child in an effort to gain access to and time alone with her/him. In extreme cases, offenders may use threats and physical force to sexually assault or abuse a child. More common, though, are subtle approaches designed to build relationships with families. The offender may assume a caring role, befriend the child, or even exploit their position of trust and authority to groom the child and/or the child’s family. These individuals intentionally build relationships with the adults around a child or seek out a child who may have fewer adults in her/his life. This increases the likelihood that the offender’s time with the child is welcomed and encouraged.

The purpose of grooming is:

  • To reduce the likelihood of a disclosure.
  • To reduce the likelihood of the child being believed.
  • To reduce the likelihood of being detected.
  • To manipulate the perceptions of other adults around the child.
  • To manipulate the child into becoming a cooperating participant which reduces the likelihood of a disclosure and increases the likelihood that the child will repeatedly return to the offender.

Source: The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, Kids in the Know Education Program, “Child Sexual Abuse–It is Your Business.”(October 23, 2012)

A person who exploits another person sexually for financial gain. A more accurate term for “pimp”.

A strong emotional attachment between an abused person and their abuser, formed as a result of the cycle of violence.

When the victim of a crime or any wrongful act is held entirely or partially responsible for the harm they experienced.

Sextortion is a criminal act that happens—usually online—when an offender uses coercion to obtain photographs and/or videos that are sexual in nature.

 
 
 

 
 

KNOWing THE SIGNS

The following table lists several potential indicators of trafficking. It is important to note that no one indicator or combination of indicators necessarily signals trafficking is occurring. Rather, these indicators may serve as warning signs, especially if the indicator represents a significant change in the child.*

ACADEMIC BEHAVIORAL PHYSICAL EMOTIONAL SOCIAL
Academically Unengaged Avoids Eye Contact Visible Bruises/Scars Low Self-Esteem Has a Much Older Partner
Performs Under Grade Level Gaps in Memory Appears Malnourished Exhibits Depression, Anxiety, or Fear Lives in an Unstable or Abusive Home
Sudden Change in Academic Performance Resists Being Touched Shows Signs of Drug or Alcohol Addiction Exhibits Sudden Outbursts of Anger Has a Sexual Online Profile
ACADEMIC BEHAVIORAL PHYSICAL
Academically Unengaged Avoids Eye Contact Visible Bruises/Scars
Performs Under Grade Level Gaps in Memory Appears Malnourished
Sudden Change in Academic Performance Resists Being Touched Shows Signs of Drug or Alcohol Addiction
EMOTIONAL SOCIAL
Low Self-Esteem Has a Much Older Partner
Exhibits Depression, Anxiety, or Fear Lives in an Unstable or Abusive Home
Exhibits Sudden Outbursts of Anger Has a Sexual Online Profile
 
 
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*SOURCE:
Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force (2014) Introduction to Human Trafficking: A Guide for Texas Education Professionals. Retrieved from www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.
FOR HELP:

National Human Trafficking Resource Center
CALL: 1 (888) 373-7888
SMS: 233733 (Text "HELP" or "INFO")


National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
CALL: 1 (800) 843-5678
VISIT: cybertipline.org
 
 
 

 
 

handouts

Sextortion is a growing criminal act that happens—usually online—when an offender uses coercion to obtain photographs and/or videos that are sexual in nature. Offenders often tells lies and this handout counteracts common manipulative statements with the #TRUTH. Feel free to download and use this handout.

 

This pdf outlines reporting protocols for mandatory reporters. Feel free to download and use!
Created by The Department of Education. Design by Nest.

 
 
 

 
 

 
 

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