Hiding in Plain Sight

Many Iowans don’t realize human trafficking is a local, home-grown problem affecting women, men and children. While sex-trafficking and labor trafficking thrive in many countries across the world, our communities- both large and small- are not immune. Although trafficked individuals are often moved across cities and states, there are many survivors sold in their home, school or community.

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A Generation Rising

Each Teens Against Human Trafficking team works with a teacher in their school to determine the best approach to raise awareness in their school and community. The students take on leadership roles and implement these efforts, while continuing to expand their knowledge of labor trafficking and sex trafficking.

Teams Against Human Trafficking Teams:

  • Educate students at their school about the issue, warning signs and how to protect themselves
  • Host school or community documentary showings
  • Fundraise for safe homes and victim services in Iowa
  • Increase awareness through media coverage, including local and school newspapers
  • Raise Awareness through visual and performing arts
  • Lobby for legislation relevant to anti-trafficking efforts
  • Create their own customized awareness activities and events
Recognizing Red Flags

It’s not always something obvious. It could be something small that just doesn’t seem right. Either way, recognizing potential red flags of human trafficking is imperative to identifying human trafficking victims and helping them receive assistance.

For general warning signs click here.

Watch and Report

Recognizing the signs of human trafficking is the first step to identifying a victim. If you see something that seems suspicious, do not at any time attempt to confront a suspected trafficker or alert a victim to your suspicions. For your safety, and that of the victim, notify local law enforcement and call the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 888-373-7888, or text HELP to BeFree (233733).

You can also:

  • Call 911 in an emergency
  • Call the Iowa Victim Service Center Hotline at 1-800-770-1650 or text IOWAHELP to 20121
  • Contact the Iowa ICAC Task Force with questions or to request online safety information
  • Make a report to the Cyber Tipline if you see suspicious activity online
  • Report child abuse to the Iowa Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-362-2178
Start a Team!

Thanks to the support of many, Teens Against Human Trafficking is able to engage Iowa students through valuable development opportunities, empower a sense of purpose and pride, and collaboratively work to fight human trafficking.

This section of the website is still under construction.  Please check back to get the downloadable Student Start-Up Guide, Teacher Guide, and an Activity Guide for your team.


Reach out today!

Please feel free to contact us with questions or for more information. If your request is urgent in nature, we request you contact us by phone at 515.233.3141.