More people are enslaved in the United States now than in any other time in history.
Iowa is not just a pass through state when it comes to human trafficking.
Any event that brings people together, including State Fair, Farm Progress Days, and Boys State Basketball Championships will include children being trafficked in to be sold.
People in Iowa are working to change that.
The goal is to make Iowa the most hostile state in the country for traffickers.
The average age girls are when they are trafficked is 11-14.
4200 youth are missing in Iowa each year. Three-fourths of these children will end up in sex trafficking.
“We can’t say we care about youth ministry unless we are doing something about slavery of youth in Iowa.”
What can you do?
- Educate yourself. (See Resources Below)
- Do not support prostitution or pornography.
- Call or write to your congressional leaders, urging them to take a strong stand on anti-trafficking and protection for survivors.
See something. Say something.
Look for these signs:
- Evidence of being controlled
- Inability to move or leave jobs
- Signs of physical abuse
- Fear or depression
- No forms of identification
- Pay close attention to what you see.
- Call 911 & tell them what you see.
- Report details, license plates and physical appearance.
- After you call 911, call the National Trafficking Hotline1-888-373-7888 and report what you see.
- Iowa Women of the ELCA learn about Human Trafficking
- Justice for Women (See the Human Trafficking tab)
- Understanding & Responding to Human Trafficking
- 2001 ELCA Social Message on Commercial Sexual Exploitation
- Support Anti-Trafficking Efforts at ELCA Youth Gathering
- Human Trafficking 101 Women of the ELCA Power Point
- Stop Human Trafficking in 2014 – Living Lutheran
- Victim Of Iowa Sex Trafficking Speaks Out
- Iowa | National Human Trafficking Resource Center
- Iowa Department of Justice – Fighting Human Trafficking