Flagstaff Initiative against Trafficking

| October 21, 2018

CCC&Y is proud to announce being part of FIAT, Flagstaff Initiative against Trafficking!

What is FIAT?
Flagstaff Initiative Against Trafficking (FIAT) is a community collective of professional service providers and volunteers who want to end Human Trafficking.

Goals:

  • Construct a unified response for trafficking victims and survivors to get out of the life safely
  • Educate and to being awareness to our community on human trafficking in order to drive down demands
  • Collect data to determine the true impact of Human Trafficking in Flagstaff

What should you do if you suspect Human Trafficking?
To report a tip, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or the non-emergency Law Enforcement line at 928-774-1414. For law enforcement to open an investigation on your tip, they need “actionable information,” and as many details as you can provide. Specific information that is helpful when reporting to the hotline would include: descriptions of cars and people (if it is safe to take a picture, do so), specific times and dates, and address and location where suspicious activity took place.

Red Flags

  • Seems anxious, fearful, or paranoid. Avoids eye contact
  • Tearfulness or signs of depression
  • Appear to be in a relationship with someone who is dominating
  • Never is alone and/or always has someone translating or answering questions on their behalf
  • Has no identification such as a license, passport, or other ID documents
  • Marks indicating “ownership” (tattoos) – typically seen on the neck, shoulder, or back (crown, dollar signs, name, lips, playing cards)
  • Inappropriately dressed for current conditions
  • People coming/going from a park, residence or business at unusual times

Demand Reduction: Actions taken to deter people in our community from purchasing sex

  • Operation Cross Country, which is put on by the FBI, occurred in October 2017. During this, 3 adult females were identified as being trafficking victims in our community and were provided information and resources to help them get out of “the life.”
  • Flagstaff Police Department held a sting operation in March where 8 men were arrested for child sex trafficking

To learn more about Flagstaff Initiative against Trafficking, follow the links throughout this post, and click on the picture on the right!

If you or someone you know is in danger, please contact the U.S. National Human Trafficking Resource Center at (888) 373-7888. You can also text “HELP” to 233733. In an emergency, call 911.

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