Stand Against Trafficking is passionate about educating the community on what human trafficking is, how to be aware of the signs of a trafficking victim, and what resources are available to those who may be trafficked.

  • 100000 CHILDREN
  • Are prostituted every year in the United States alone.

    (Polaris Project, 2015)

  • 12-14 YEARS OLD
  • Girls are first sold for sex between twelve and fourteen years old.

    (NCMEC, 2015)

  • 11-13 YEARS OLD
  • Boys and transgendered youth are first sold for sex between eleven and thirteen years old.

    (NCMEC, 2015)

  • Minors engaged in commercial sex trafficking are victims, not prostitutes.

    (Trafficking Victims Protection Act, 2009)

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Stand Against Trafficking, a local coalition based in Springfield, Missouri, serves as a re-source for various community sectors to gain the necessary education and training to become aware of the signs of human trafficking. We have sought to educate the hotel industry by speaking to the front desk about signs that may indicate an individual is being exploited. These indicators may in-clude paying for a room reservation with cash, or a person who is not in possession of their identi-fication. As a patron in a hotel, you may see signs of trafficking upon checking in, or in the hall-ways or parking lot. It is important to note that the oppression that holds someone in this situation is not usually physical restraint, but more like the type of reliance a victim of domestic violence has on his or her abuser. The familiarity, vulnerability and oftentimes indebtedness is what ties a victim to their trafficker. Since 2007, over 1,400 cases of human trafficking in hotels and motels have been reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline

and Polaris’s BeFree Textline, and over 1,800 victims and survivors have been identified (Polaris, Jan. 2017).
Victims of labor trafficking have been found in hospitality businesses such as hotels, working as front desk attendants, bell staff, and, most frequently, in housekeeping (Polaris, Mar. 2017).
You may be the eyes and ears that identify potential victims in one of the most frequently documented trafficking venues. Please review the back cover of this magazine for signs to look for, as well as our website for more information. If you believe you have identified a potential trafficking situation, first assess the immediate safety and welfare of the potential victims, guests, and staff. If you have witnessed or been in-formed of incidents or threats of violence, alert law enforcement by dialing 911 or 864-1810. Both victims and witnesses can find resources at the National Human Trafficking Hotline number (1-888-373-7888) or by sending a text to Polaris at BeFree (233733).

Polaris works with ECPAT-USA and Marriott International on human trafficking training initia-tive. (2017, January 12). Retrieved from https://polarisproject.org/blog/2017/01/12/polaris-works-ecpat-usa-and-marriott-international-human-trafficking-training
Polaris. (2017, March). The typology of modern slavery: Defining sex and labor trafficking in the United States. Retrieved from https://polarisproject.org/sites/default/files/Polaris-Typology-of-Modern-Slavery.pdf

Stand Against Trafficking exists to mobilize the community to end human trafficking in the Ozarks.



Raise awareness in the general community about domestic human trafficking in southwest Missouri.


Provide education to key community leaders (i.e. law enforcement, attorneys, medical and mental health providers, educators, government officials, faith-based organizations, community groups, etc.) on what defines human trafficking, the local prevalence of the issue, and how to identify and assist victims and survivors of human trafficking.

THREE: Emphasize prevention

Emphasize prevention of human trafficking by A) identifying risk factors, including substance abuse and interpersonal violence; B) identifying vulnerable individuals, including youth; and C) educating those individuals and groups on strengthening protective factors and reducing risk factors.

FOUR: promote community

Promote community collaboration around the topic of human trafficking, including sharing information, providing training, and identifying and assisting victims of human trafficking.

FIVE: support survivors

Advocate for and support survivors of human trafficking on their journey toward wholeness and to connect victims of human trafficking to agencies who have the resources to meet their needs.


The Stand Against Trafficking Coalition was birthed out of the merger of two groups within Springfield, Missouri who were both working to address the issue of human trafficking. One group was a grassroots effort by individuals whose passion about the issue led them to raise money in order to host a local conference; the other group was a subcommittee of the Violence Free Families coalition, working on projects to educate and inform the community about trafficking.

When these two groups decided to combine and join their efforts, the impact expanded exponentially. The group then organized as an officially registered coalition with the Division of Behavioral Health, which has built their capacity and established them as an resource for trafficking prevention in Greene County. The work of the coalition involves collaboration from multiple community agencies and organizations as well as individuals in the community, all who have a desire to fulfill the mission.


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Text INFO or HELP to us at: BeFree (233733)


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