Laura, a school counselor, called the National Human Trafficking Hotline because she was concerned that one of her middle school students, Alyssa, was engaging in commercial sex. Alyssa was a frequent runaway and was recently found at a home with several adults where commercial sex was believed to be taking place. Laura told the National Hotline that Alyssa’s foster family had noticed that she had recently received some expensive gifts, and some of Alyssa’s peers had reported that she was having sex in exchange for money. Laura planned to speak to Alyssa in order to get a better understanding of what was going on, but wanted the National Hotline’s guidance. The National Hotline talked through some of the indicators of trafficking and how to do a trafficking assessment. Additionally, the National Hotline provided Laura with referrals to local resources and sent her a comprehensive assessment tool for educators.
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