By: Hailey Hendrix, Nikki, Vorhees, and Kayla Faust
We surveyed 50 people ages 18-25 hoping to figure out how much they knew about the topic of human trafficking. Not only that it is occurring in America today, but that their own peer group is the main victim of human trafficking, and what the steps they would do to prevent human trafficking in the future. Our survey included both females and males, and was passed out around the cafeteria, library, and practice. Not just passing it out to our immediate friends was a good way to get a broad variety of opinions on the topic. Some of the challenges we faced were miscommunication, and people taking the survey as a joke.
Thank you for filling out our survey, please answer all the following questions.
- Are you aware that human trafficking is occurring in America today?
- How often do you think someone is trafficked into the U.S.?
- Every 2-3 minutes
- Every 8-10 minutes
- Every 3-4 hours
- Every 12-13 hours
- What percentage of kids age 18-24 do you think are involved with human trafficking?
- What are the types of places you expect to find human trafficking? (circle all you think apply)
- Major cities
- Local Restaurants
- Delivery Services
- Massage Parlors
- Local Neighborhoods
- The average cost of someone being trafficked is?
- 20 dollars
- 50 dollars
- 90 dollars
- 120 dollars
- Would you know who to call if you faced an issue of human trafficking?
National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-3737-888 (24/7)
- How would you react if you saw a girl being trafficked?
- Walk away
- Ask if she was okay/needs help
- Call 911
- What method do you think is most effective in stopping human trafficking?
- Reporting red flags to local law enforcement
- Calling the national human trafficking resource center
- Volunteering to do victim outreach
- Donate funds to anti-trafficking organization in your area
- How important do you find this issue on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being not important at all to 10 being very important?
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
- Now that you are more aware of human trafficking, what are you willing to do to stop it?
- Nothing I was forced to take this survey
- Spread the word to others I know
- Get involved with anti-trafficking organizations
Between the ages of 18-25 our survey has proved that these young adults are aware of human trafficking in America. Most of these young adults believed that most human trafficking occurs in major cities and on the internet. We asked what the response would be if they saw a girl being trafficked, the most common answer was call 911.
Being a young adult I fall into the category of the age group that we surveyed. I as well am aware of human trafficking that is going on in United States. I wish that some of the people that we surveyed may have taken our survey a little more seriously just so we could really get the true opinion of each person. It does make me question if these people would really inform others about what is going on with the human trafficking issues in the United States and would step up and make a difference or put a stop to such a crime. If these young adults are so aware of human trafficking and are so against it, why haven’t they tried to put a stop to it?
This survey was an interesting one to give to my peers. I gave it to my teammates and some of my other friends. I believe they took it a bit more serious. I guess what I found to be interesting was how many people believe human trafficking is a problem but don’t know how to handle it. They all kinda said that they would just tell their peers about it, and to be honest I didn’t get the vibe that many would. I felt as if people just took the survey to please what I was asking not actually take into consideration how human trafficking is affecting America today. All in all I learned that my peers are pretty uninformed and would like to have us take the steps to raise this awareness.
I was honestly surprised by the results we got from the survey. Most of my peers said that they knew about human trafficking occurring in America, but were unaware about the actual facts, like how it is not just a major city occurrence. I guess what was most shocking was how people rated human trafficking on a scale of 1-10 as about a 7-10 in importance but then in the next question said they wouldn’t do anything to help stop it. This bothered me, after learning all we have about human trafficking I believe it is something we should inform the most vulnerable age group about it. Human trafficking is not a joke and I believe that is what many people who took this survey act like it is.
With the information we know now it is clear that most 18-25 year olds do not know the true facts about human trafficking, what was really sad is that most said they wouldn’t do anything to try to stop it. If we could choose a different age group to target, our group wonders if handing the survey out to high school kids would change the result. Also it would be interesting to see if they believe it is a topic that should be taught more in the school system today. The hardest part of the process was getting all our results together, and having serious participants. Overall it was a very informative process, hopefully we brought light to some of our fellow peers about human trafficking.