What is love?
Whether someone sends you a snap, a DM, or you swipe right, cyberspace is where relationships are launched - and we don’t see that changing any time soon. The upside of the trend toward technology-enabled romance is vast, but there are also reasons to be concerned. Since 2015, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has identified more than 950 potential victims of sex trafficking that were recruited online. Human traffickers manipulate their victims into thinking that they are looking for a genuine relationship and then ultimately use force, fraud or coercion, to profit off of the victim.
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How much do you really know about human trafficking and online platforms? Would you be able to recognize the red flags of a potential online trafficker? Should you accept that friend request? Take the quiz to find out!Take the quiz
Pledge to make a difference
Now that you know the tricks human traffickers use to recruit victims online, it is time to do something about it! Sign the pledge to actively commit to being aware of potential trafficking situations online, make sure you are in a healthy relationship, and share this vital information with friends and family.Sign the pledge
Match Group Petition
As the use of online dating sites continues to increase, so will opportunities for unsuspecting people to be tricked into dangerous situations by human traffickers. But the companies that own and operate these sites can do something about it. We are gathering signatures to petition the Match Group, owners of the popular dating sites, Tinder, Plenty of Fish, OkCupid, Match, and more, to implement safety features to help keep human trafficking off of their platform.
If you suspect that you are in a trafficking situation you can contact the confidential National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888, text "help" to 233733 (BeFree), send an email to email@example.com or chat online.
If you suspect you are in a suspicious or controlling relationship and need to exit a human trafficking situation safely read our safety planning tips.
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While social media has brought us more possibilities to meet new people and stay in touch with old friends, sex traffickers have long learned it’s benefits for tricking young people into sexual exploitation.Read the Blog
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