ABOUT NC STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING

NC Stop Human Trafficking is the statewide community member coalition whose mission is to eradicate modern day slavery in all its forms.

NC Stop Human Trafficking works to fight human trafficking on multiple levels following the P.A.V.E. model: Prevention, Advocacy, Victim Services and Education/awareness.

NC Stop works through connecting and supporting individuals, community-based and faith-based organizations, non-governmental and governmental organizations.

NC Stop strives to create opportunities for community members to become involved in the fight to stop human trafficking that are fulfilling and appropriate for each member.

We focus on collaboration and communication between all groups to be effective and efficient in the fight to end human trafficking.

We have active member groups in Wilmington, Greenville, Fayetteville, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Burlington, Greensboro, Charlotte and Asheville. We also have members who are students at NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, UNC- Greensboro, and UNC-Charlotte. Email ncstophumantrafficking@gmail.com if you live near these areas and would like to meet with groups in your area and learn how to be involved.

Perceived factors leading to human trafficking:

– Non-identification of trafficking situations by law enforcement and community members

– Lack of awareness and education in the general public and direct service providers

– Vulnerability to exploitation due to isolation, abuse/neglect, low self esteem, poverty

– Victims have little to no knowledge of, or access to, alternatives and resources available

– Normalization of degradation and violence against women and children

– Normalization of exploitation and devaluation of human life

– Little deterrence on the demand side – lack of adequate consequences for offenders

– Lack of follow up programs, effective counseling and alternative placement for victims

– Broken foster care and social work system – runaway/throwaway and homeless youth are the highest risk group

– Lack of collaboration and communication between government, NGO, faith- and community-based groups

NC Stop Human Trafficking’s core areas of focus of Prevention, Advocacy, Victim Services, and Education/Awareness (P.A.V.E. model) are designed to address these problems. We seek to work through existing organizations first through providing training on issues and program development, then plan to fill in gaps as needed. In this way we choose to collaborate and effect communication across all borders for the common purpose of ending human trafficking.

Prevention

Protect and educate the vulnerable to reduce risk of exploitation

Work to reduce and eliminate contributing factors of isolation, abuse/neglect, low self-esteem and poverty through mentorships, capacity building, life-skills education, parenting training, etc.

Ensure access to resources and options in life.

Work to expose and reduce normalization of degradation, violence, exploitation and devaluation.

Education/Awareness focus will also help with prevention – education to at-risk population

Educate young people on what a healthy relationship looks like, how to spot exploitation, who to turn to for help, technology and bullying – how to cope, education for boys as well as girls

Address foster care/social work system

Advocacy-

Advocate for tougher penalties for traffickers and end users – Washington state law – cars impounded/ $5000 fine, john school

Support legislation that funds programs for victims – shelter, education, food, therapy, etc

Raise awareness that there is no such thing as a child prostitute – anyone under 18 is a victim – consent is off the table

Advocate for reduced penalties (or none – based on Sweden model) for prostitutes and FUNDED alternative programs in exchange for lesser sentences

Change prostitution laws in NC

Prostitution charges acquired before age 18 can be struck off record – NY state law

Victim Services –

Shelter – security

Health Care

Food

Clothing

Personal Hygiene

Therapy

Life coaching

Legal Services – including immigration processing if needed

Alternative life choices – training and support needed

Long term support system and reintegration into society – love and support – effective follow up and follow through

Education/Awareness –

Civic organizations and associations with a service mission

NGO/Non profits with a service mission – esp focusing on women and children’s health, safety, welfare, etc

Faith based organizations and churches

Schools

Anyone in contact with at risk youth – social workers, guidance counselors, school nurses, teachers existing mentorship programs such as Boys and Girls Club etc, Planned Parenthood, foster parents, adoption/fostering networks, malls, movie theaters, social media, etc –

Law Enforcement

Media

Celebrity

Legislators

General Public

You can get connected to the coalition through our Google group, where members can communicate with each other and share information, and also through our Facebook group.

  • Want to find out how you can be a part of North Carolina’s abolitionist movement? Email us at ncstophumantrafficking@gmail.com, tell us where you’re from, and we’ll see how we can get you hooked in!
  • Know something that you think should be shared on this blog? Email us!

32 Responses

  1. I am a freshman, almost 14 1/2, and want to do something about child trafficking. It literally makes me sick knowing how kids my age are treated. But I don’t know what I can do! I think God wants me to do this–He has placed a tremendous burden on my heart. Please respond.

    • Hi!
      I am so happy you responded. Human Trafficking is a big issue and will take all hands to fight. I hope you can attend on of our events to commemorate Human Trafficking Awareness month and we can chat in more detail about how you can become involved.

      Best Regards
      Charity

  2. i just learned of this and am doing all i can to educate myself. my christmas present to Jesus was to pass out flyers printed from the A21 project to my friends. one friend shows documentaries and has agreed to show a documentary on human trafficking as a gift for me for christmas. i will buy it for him. if you have any suggestions on the best one, i am all ears. he said 2 hours is the limit most people will sit still comfortably. i’m so glad to find you. thank you for your work. also i tried signing up at ncstoptrafficking and nothing would work for me to get my contact information to you. p. hall

    • Hey Paula!

      I am so happy to hear from you. I have added you to our Google Group and look forward to seeing you at one of our 10 events across the state to commemorate Human Trafficking Awareness Day and Month and speaking more in depth on how you can get involved in the fight in North Carolina!

      Best Regards
      Charity

  3. I am a professional in the Charlotte NC area. I would like to do what I can to end the suffering of the victims of human trafficking. Is there a need in the Charlotte NC area for a victim’s advocate and/or a need for a stable living environment for victims in transition?

  4. Hi,

    I am interested signing up for the google group for NC Stop Human Trafficking. Please let me know what I need to do. Thank you!

    Virginia

  5. Hi Charity! It was great to meet you on the Caldwell County Today Show. I learned so much from you that day, and appreciate your passion to share your knowledge. Just last weekend I got to be on a radio show in Winston-Salem and got to tell 1/2 a million guys about trafficking at truck stops and what they can do about it. I used some of your information and hope it makes a difference here in North Carolina!
    I look forward to meeting more people involved in this great work!
    Thanks again!!!
    Kimberly Rae
    http://www.stolenwoman.org
    http://www.stolenwoman.blogspot.com
    FB: Human Trafficking Stolen Woman

  6. Hi im a junior in high school and i am doing my senior exit paper on human trafficking. I learned sooo much on this subject. I would like to join the cause and i well i have some question. Please add me to the group this will surely help me out in my project for school & it’ll help me educate so many students about this global issue and i hope you be able to email me please to answer my questions thanks.

  7. Hello,
    We are interested in donating to your organization but would like some information on what percent of the donated monies go directly to the women and their needs versus admin. costs. Thank you,

    Ann Rauchbach
    asrauch@nc.rr.com

  8. I am a sophomore at Meredith college studying Social work with a deep interest in working with Trafficked People’s. I am looking for volunteer opportunities in the area and would much appreciate any information you could give me!

    Thank you

  9. can you volunteer to help with your organization?

  10. Charity,

    My name is Whitney Pennington and I am a Spring Extern with the Christian Action League in Raleigh, NC. CAL is interested in actually lobbying on behalf of this issue in the short session this summer. Could you please contact me, so we can discuss this further?

  11. How can we get something started here in Forsyth County (Winston-Salem)? This is a plague on our state as well as nation. This must be stopped – Thank you for all you are doing and let me know how we can make a difference here.

  12. I would like to have someone contact me about doing a workshop for the American Association for University Women.

  13. Hello im a senior at Laney im doing my senior project on Human Trafficing an they turned down my letter of intent they said i needed an agruement i wanted to know if you guys can help me out with any arguements i can present ??

  14. I, too, want to sign up for the google group on Human Trafficking; I live in Brunswick Co. And I wish to be more involved at a local level. I am a senior citizen full of passion for this issue; would like some training, be on a task force, internet connection; whatever works best where my passion can be used most constructively. We sold Tassa Tags from ECPAT and hosted a workshop at my church recently; but wanting to be more involved. thanks you. I signed up for the newletter and sent an email of my interest. thanks, Jaxie

  15. Arguments? They ought to have their heads knocked together. Maybe then it would get some sense into them. The argument is that slavery is a bigger business today THAN AT ANY OTHER TIME IN HUMAN HISTORY. The very fact that your teachers turn the other way is EXACTLY WHY HUMAN TRAFFICKING CONTINUES TO GROW. Their own reaction of denial is the biggest argument you can use.

  16. I am moving back to North Carolina later this year. I am interested in learning how to find job openings in helping women get out of human trafficking. I feel it will be a good fit for me professionally. I have a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s in health science. I’m looking for rewarding work where I can make a difference. Thanks, Rosie

  17. I’m thinking of doing my senior project on human trafficking and i need some help with it can you give me some more info on it.I’m a sophmore and we have to chose our topics this year so please give me some more info

    thanks!!!

  18. I plan on passing out flyers with facts and warning signs of human trafficking at my school this week. Is there any way I could get a quick list from you all to raise awareness among fellow college students, and/or permission to use info from your website?

    Thanks!

  19. Hello!

    I currently live in Raleigh, NC and am interested I’m getting involved in helping women who have been rescued from sex trafficking restore and rebuild their lives. I am looking for more of a career type job. I googled it and your coalition website popped up first. I figured it was good place to start. If you have any suggests I am all ears!!!

    Thanks!

  20. I own a business in Charlotte and the neighborhood around my business is impacted negatively by the human trafficking at both the strip club and the truck stop down the street.
    It is my understanding that over 40,000 additional prostitutes will be brought to the city during the Democratic Convention. If you need a location leading up to and through the convention for your staff, I will find a way to accomodate your needs as much as possible. We are just a few minutes from uptown.

  21. I would love to be involved and help and merit in any way I can please contact me and let me know what I can do please and thank you.

  22. HI,
    I am in the Durham/Raleigh area and was interesting in getting involved i am currently free weekends and evenings. Please contact me and let me know if there is anything i can help with.

  23. I am in the Cherokee, NC area and would like to help. I have a degree in Sociology, worked at a Job Corps for 5.5 years, then as a security contrator in Iraq for 4.5 years before ending up in Cherokee. My schedule is erratic but I want to help.

  24. Please let me know how I can help in my local commmunity of Charlotte, NC.

  25. Hi, I am from Asheboro NC and I have been interested in trying to get involved in combating human trafficking. I have a passion for this expecially with the teens and youths division. I am currently a student with Liberty University I already have my AS but I am also seeking my BA in Criminal Justice but would love to get some experience in the field work. I would be happy to volunteer in any way possible. Please let me know if you need volunteers or even if you have full time positions available. I am currently seeking BLET training starting in January and would love every opportunity to help.

  26. I am located in Burlington NC. Please let me know how I can help in mine, and near by communities.

  27. I am in the Fort Mill, SC area right near the state line and close to Charlotte. I’m looking for ways to volunteer or help or create a local group of others that are interested in doing something to help stop human trafficking. Please let me know. Kara

  28. Hi! I am in Charlotte NC. I witnessed and spoke with a few young ladies who were being trafficked, both around 17-19 years of age in NYC a few years ago, the experience broke and burdened my heart. I came home and attended DMST training here in Charlotte a little over a year ago.I would love to be involved…how can I find out what is being done here locally in our city?

  29. I would like to help as well. Please let me know what i can do to help stop this horrific crime. I will place flyers around, speak with rest stop officials. I would welcome any training and also take part if a group wants to form in the Charlotte area to take action.

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