Stop Human Trafficking
Help is available when you need it. ANTHC’s Domestic Violence Prevention Program works with multiple statewide and regional partners to identify and promote resources for victims of human trafficking to get the help you need.
Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking hotline has received 86 case reports of human trafficking in Alaska, however only 16 reports have been made by victims and survivors. If you or someone you know is in need of immediate assistance, call the hotline at (888) 373-7888, or text 233733, or 911. The crisis line is open 24/7 and is confidential. For more information about the hotline, visit: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/.
What is Human Trafficking?
Human Trafficking is a crime that involves exploiting a person for labor, services or commercial sex.
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 defines human trafficking as:
- Sex trafficking where a person is induced by force, fraud or coercion.
- The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services by force, fraud or coercion.
Human and Sex Traffickers are targeting Alaska’s youth.
Human and Sex trafficking is a process where offenders groom a youth into a sexual relationship in secrecy. This process can even be initiated online where offenders gradually remove boundaries before the sexual abuse occurs. Grooming, or luring, also occurs in stages. Here is a list of stages and examples:
- Targeting a vulnerable child.
- Example: Paying special attention to a child’s preferences, such as social media channels.
- Gaining trust by gathering information
- Example: Inviting child to an event they would enjoy.
- Filling a need.
- Example: Gift giving or filling another basic need, like housing.
- Isolate the child.
- Example: Making a special trip or one-on-one time.
- Sexualize the relationship.
- Example: Instructing child how to initiate sex or masturbation.
- Maintain control.
- Example: Perpetrators use manipulation to meet the child’s emotional or physical needs.
Report Sex Trafficking
What do we do if we see someone who’s being trafficked?
Do not put yourself in danger. Call 911 in an emergency or call the National Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
To contact the Anchorage Police Department:
- 9-1-1 (emergencies)
- 3-1-1 (non-emergencies)
- (907) 786-8900 (main)
To contact the Anchorage chapter of the FBI, call (907) 276-4441. Alaska Criminal Intelligence Center (855) 692-5425 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for reporting a tip online
- ANTHC Domestic Violence Prevention Regional Resource Guide: www.anthc.org/notalone
- Alaska Institute for Justice (907) 279-2457
- Alaska Native Justice Center (907) 793-3550
- Covenant House Alaska (907) 272-1255, 24-hour hotline
- Standing Together Against Rape (STAR) (907) 276-7273, 24-hour hotline
- Garden of Roses: The Garden of Roses – Camp for Girls offers a healing space through traditional values for Alaska Native girls ages 8 to 17 who are survivors of sexual abuse.
Where do I get more information?
For more information, please contact the ANTHC Domestic Violence Prevention Program at email@example.com or (907) 729-3795.
To view an example of luring, watch ANTHC’s youtube video on Human Trafficking
The ANTHC Stop Human Trafficking campaign was supported by one of the Indian Health Service Behavioral Health Special Initiative, Domestic Violence Prevention Program, funding number, BH15IHS0003-06-00. The views, policies and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Indian Health Services.