WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
HUMAN TRAFFICKING - the illegal enticing, tricking, manipulation or forcing of (young) people into working jobs or performing sexual acts or favors in exchange for money, opportunities, housing or safety.
WHERE DOES HUMAN TRAFFICKING HAPPEN?
You may think HUMAN TRAFFICKING only occurs in foreign countries but New Jersey and New York are "hot spots" for TRAFFICKING because of its easy access to major highways and close proximity to other states.
HOW DO THEY DO IT?
Predators are very methodical about how they target victims. They walk the malls and visit school areas looking for gullible young people or students who may exhibit low self-esteem. They place ads for phoney jobs. They scan the internet for young people who want to be actors, singers, dancers, etc. They pose as middle and high school students and visit social media sites looking for kids who appear to be outcasts. They join groups, clubs and conversations looking for people who will engage with them. They "befriend" runaways. They kidnap kids from malls and other public places. Their final goal is to sell or force (young) people into prostitution or labor.
For instance: One formerly trafficked middle school student tells the story of being drugged at a party, posed in compromising positions, photographed and threatened with the photos. The only way to "buy" the pictures back was "work" for them".
That's just one example of the real-life stories your audience will hear at the WINCEYCO HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS PROGRAM "TRAFFICK JAM"
WHAT ARE THE FACTS?
- It is estimated that there are 27 million people in the world today who are enslaved.
- Every year 600,000 to 800,000 persons are trafficked across international borders. (US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report, 2006)
- Some estimates have as many as 1.2 million children being trafficked every year. (United Nations Children’s Fund, 2007)
- Human trafficking and exploitation plague all nations and no country is immune. (US Department of State, 2008)
- Since 1998, the United States based National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has handled more than 300,000 reports of all types of child sexual exploitation including child pornography, child molestation, child prostitution, online enticement of children, child sex tourism, obscene material sent to a child and the federally mandated reports of child pornography from Internet Service Providers.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
On December 30, 2011, President Obama declared January to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
In May 2013, NJ Governor Chris Christie signed bills designating each January as “Human Trafficking Prevention Month” and January 11th as “Human Trafficking Awareness Day.”
There are 565 municipalities in New Jersey. Less than 1/3 have signed the petition to acknowledge January and more specifically, January 11th as a time where educational programs about Human Trafficking are sponsored or even encouraged.
WE NEED YOU to send the attached petition to your city official. Also feel free to post it on Facebook, Twitter, your local paper and anyplace else!
Plan now, to bring AS MANY CHILDREN, YOUNG ADULTS, GROUP LEADERS, YOUTH LEADERS, TEACHERS, RELIGIOUS LEADERS to our annual TRAFFICK JAM event held each year in January. Join our mailing list for details and updates. I will use my decades of experience as a professional singer, performing artist and arts integration trainer to teach you how to recognize the signs of a trafficker, a trafficking victim and how keep yourself and your loved ones SAFE.
If you are the leader of a YOUTH GROUP, COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION, SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR, CHURCH COMMITTEE, bring
to your group.
If you would like to bring this interactive performing arts presentation on HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS to your organization, please click here.
WHY THE ARTS?
Studies prove that the arts are a profitable vehicle to learning and help to advance cognitive development, creativity, abstract thinking, imagination, problem solving, social cognition, empathy, perspective, mastering of new concepts
WINCEY TERRY-BRYANT sits on the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking and is a presenter of arts programs for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center & Arts Horizons Organization. Wincey was chosen “Phenomenal Women" by Kiss FM for her work with the children. More recently, Wincey was honored Woman Of The Year by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. for her efforts in raising Human Trafficking awareness. She is CEO of Winceycomusic and Executive Director of NanaBabies Non-profit foundation. These organizations produce musically-inspired educational programs and promote philanthropic initiatives for under-served populations. Complements to this work include several self-produced educational CD’s, one cartoon DVD and children’s books on bullying, character and safety.
THE TRAFFICK JAM TEAM WORKED VERY HARD TO ASSEMBLE AN INFORMATIVE COMMUNITY EVENT TO RAISE HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS
WINCEY TERRY-BRYANT SHARED FACTS ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS IN NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK.
OUR GUEST SPEAKER, HUMAN TRAFFICKING ACTIVIST INGRID JOHNSON GAVE A FASCINATING ACCOUNT OF HOW SHE RESCUED HER DAUGHTER AFTER SHE HAD BEEN CAPTURED, LURED ACROSS STATE LINES AND TRAFFICKED FOR OVER A YEAR.
BRONIA ASHFORD OF US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SHARED INFORMATION ON AREA RESOURCES
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ POLICE CHIEF HENRY WHITE SHARED INFORMATION ABOUT THE LAWS ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING & WHAT ATLANTIC CITY IS DOING TO STOP THIS HEINOUS CRIME.
ZONTA OF ESSEX COUNTY, NJ PARTNERED WITH NANABABIES ON THE TRAFFICK JAM EVENT
THE TRAFFICK JAM INFORMATION STATION WAS STOCKED WITH FREE LITERATURE PROVIDED BY THE NJ COALITION AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND THE U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE.
SHARING HUMAN TRAFFICKING INFORMATION WITH THE MAYOR AND THE TOWN OF LIVINGSTON, NJ
MY HUSBAND KENNY BRYANT HELPING TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES