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National Hotlines

National hotlines provide a confidential way to talk to someone. They can give advice and tell you how you can get help. You can even contact these hotlines to get advice or help for situations your friends or family are dealing with. Many have trained volunteers available to help any time of day.

Getting Help

If you ever realize you are being trafficked or in danger of being trafficked:

  • Get away from the trafficker if you can.

  • Always call 911 if you are in danger.

  • Tell a safe adult.

  • Contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-3737-888 or text BEFREE (233733).

If you think that someone is being trafficked:

  • Call 911 if someone appears to be in immediate danger.

  • Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-3737-888.

  • Tell a safe adult.

  • Do not approach a person who you suspect is a victim or a trafficker. Approaching a victim or trafficker puts you and the victim in danger.

Who Is & Who Isn't Safe

Knowing how to tell the difference between safe and unsafe people will help protect you from traffickers and other predators. Safe people won't ask you to do things you know or feel in your gut are wrong. Safe people won't ask you to do things that are harmful to you, including using drugs or alcohol. Safe adults won't flirt or make suggestive comments to kids or teens. An adult that talks or acts in a sexual way toward anyone under the age of 18 is not a safe adult. There are NO circumstances that make it ok for someone to do this, no matter who they are.

Screen  Safety

  • Use privacy settings for social media and apps.

  • Only communicate with people that you know in person.

  • Avoid posting personal information.

  • Don't meet someone in person that you met through a screen.

  • Use safe search mode when surfing the web.

  • Don't open emails, files or links from people you don't know.

  • Use apps and websites that are parent/guardian approved.

  • Use trusted apps and turn off location, camera and microphone.

  • Don't look at, make, send or request images of people without clothing.

Report Screen Predators

If you suspect that you or someone you know has encountered online child predators, traffickers or online trafficking, tell a safe adult. Your safe adult can use a cyber tip website to make the information available to law enforcement for positive investigation. Ask your safe adult to visit the Parent page to learn more.

General  Safety

  • Make sure a safe adult always knows where you are.

  • Create a code with your safe adults. Use the code to alert them if something is wrong.

  • Memorize your safe adult's number and the human trafficking hotline number.

  • Keep a charged cell phone with you. Save important hotline numbers in your phone.

  • Avoid going places with people you don't know well, especially in their vehicle.

  • Avoid gangs, pimps and locations where trafficking or other illegal activity may be happening.

  • Avoid going to parties if you don't know the person throwing the party well.

  • Don't use drugs and alcohol. Drugs can be added to any type of drink, so if you didn't see it opened, don't drink it.

  • Don't have secret relationships on your screens or in person.

  • Avoid flirting or sharing about yourself with people you don't know well.

  • Make wise choices on your screens.

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