Human Trafficking/CSEC Prevention & Intervention Services

Ocean’s Harbor House provides prevention, intervention, advocacy, and community awareness services for Ocean & Monmouth County youth who are at risk for or involved in Human Trafficking or Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC).
Support Group

Ocean’s Harbor House has joined the fight against Human Trafficking in collaboration with our community partners: Prevent Child Abuse NJ, My Life My Choice, I AM, CAASE, & Boston GLASS. In response to growing trends in our region, we have focused on 4 pillars of service to help combat the exploitation of our youth: Prevention, Intervention, Advocacy & Community Awareness.

Prevention

“Education and knowledge of trafficking in persons among all members of society are key to beating human traffickers.”- Dr. Saisuree Chutikul

 

All of our residential and out-client staff are regularly trained in identifying and providing services to youth who are at risk of or involved in human trafficking. 

 

We are certified to provide 4 prevention programs that are all focused on empowering our youth through knowledge and skill to help them stand up against sexual exploitation.

My Life My Choice

My Life My Choice is an 8-10 week group for youth ages 12-21 who identify as female. In “My Life My Choice” you will learn about healthy relationships, staying safe and standing up against sexual exploitation/violence. 

Empowering Young Men

Empowering Young Men (EYM) is 5-week group for youth ages 14-21 who identify as male. By participating in EYM you will discuss masculinity, consent, violence, exploitation, and how they affect you, your peers and your community. The goal of EYM is to educate and empower our young men so that they can help cut down on the demand for sexual exploitation. 

I Am Clinical Toolkit

I Am Clinical Toolkit is a 10 session one on one program for youth of all genders ages13-21.  There are 2 versions for this program, one for those at risk of becoming traffickers and another for those at risk for becoming trafficked. In I AM you will discuss and learn about: Building Self-Esteem, Healthy Relationships, Setting Personal Goals, Living Beyond Expectations, Taking a Stand Against Sexual Violence, Challenging Harmful Media Messages, & Identifying and Using Available Resources

LGBTQ and CSEC

LGBTQ and CSEC is a one-time workshop for LGBTQIA+ focused support groups/programs. This program is for youth ages 13-21 of all genders. The goals of this program are to increase critical thinking and decision-making skills, to learn about gender identity and sexual orientation and to learn about red flags, risk factors and resources for CSEC.

Intervention & Advocacy

Currently, Ocean’s Harbor House offers free counseling, case management and court advocacy services for Ocean County youth ages 10-17, through our Family Crisis Intervention Unit. For more information see their page here.


If you live in Monmouth County and are looking for similar services, see the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County here

Community Awareness

Community/School trainings are available for those who are interested in learning more about Human Trafficking and how you can help to stop it.  The training includes 4 goals: 1) to provide a basic understanding of human trafficking, 2) to understand risk factors that contribute to DMST, 3) to learn how to identify, engage and serve CSEC and at-risk youth and 4) to learn about what community resources are available. 


Blue Campaign- Ocean’s Harbor House participates in the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign every January as a part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please see our volunteer form.

Frequently asked questions

What is Human Trafficking?


There are 2 types of human trafficking: Labor Trafficking and Sex Trafficking Labor Trafficking: The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery. Labor trafficking includes situations where men, women, and children are forced to work because of debt, immigration status, threats and violence. Keeping victims isolated — physically or emotionally — is a key method of control in most labor trafficking situations. Sex Trafficking or Commercial Sexual Exploitation: The recruitment, harboring, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act, in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion; For minors (under 18), any exchange of sexual acts for money, goods, shelter, gifts or anything of value is considered sex trafficking or Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). Force, fraud or coercion is not required if the victim is under the age of 18.




Is my youth appropriate for these services?


Anyone can be recruited for sex trafficking. Most traffickers use psychological and emotional manipulation to recruit young people and a lot of it starts online. The average age of entry into commercial sexual exploitation is 12-14 years old. This is why our prevention programs are so important, so that we can empower and educate our youth before recruitment can happen. -Those at risk for exploitation include any child who: -Uses the Internet -Fights with parents -Desires male attention or acceptance -Likes brand-name fashion and luxury items -Wants independence -Displays negative behaviors/language or is aggressive/violent towards women or girls -Gang Affiliated/ Involved -Has been negatively impacted by society’s and/or the media’s portrayal of gender stereotypes -Explores boundaries and takes risks -Has low self-esteem -Runs Away -Has been exposed to abuse, violence or addiction




Who can refer?


Anyone can refer a youth for these programs. If you contact us using the information below, we will reach out to the youth and their parent/guardian to help determine which program or services would be the right fit for them.




What are some red flags for human trafficking?


Below are some red flags for Labor and Sex Trafficking. Please note that these lists are non-exhaustive and there are other indicators that may not be listed here. Each of these indicators may or may not be a tell-tale sign of trafficking, but it is recommended that each be taken in an overall context of appearance, demeanor, and affect and if you note some of these behaviors, it may indicate that further assessment is needed. Red flags for Labor Trafficking -Has been physically and/or sexually abused by an employer or someone who forces the individual to work. -Works excessively long and/or unusual hours and is unpaid, paid very little or paid only through tips. -Is unable to take breaks or days off or has unusual restrictions at work. -Owes a large and/or increasing debt and is unable to pay it off. -Was recruited with false promises concerning the nature and conditions of the work. -Has been forced by a family member to work inside or outside of the home for long hours without access to his/her earnings. -Has unexplained work injuries or signs of untreated illnesses or diseases. -Has been engaged in door-to-door sales and expresses being abandoned by his/her crew. -Is working and/or living in a location with high security measures (boarded up or tinted windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.) Red Flags for Sex Trafficking in Minors -Expresses an interest in older men or is in a relationship with an older man. -Frequents internet sites known for commercial sex, such as OnlyFans, Facebook, dating apps, etc -Changes in their school attendance habits, appearance, socio-economics, friend groups, interests, school activities, vocabulary, demeanor, attitude and sexual behavior -Luxury items like manicures, designer clothing, purses, etc. without an explainable source of income -Truancy -Getting into trouble in the company of older teens or adults -Sexually provocative clothing -Tattoos or branding -Refillable gift cards -Multiple phone or social media accounts -Lying about the existence of those accounts or refusing parent access to those accounts -Sexually provocative pictures on the phone or online accounts -Unexplained injuries: bruising, swelling, redness, cigarette burns -Third-party control of schedule and social interaction -Isolation from community, family or friends





For more information on any of these programs, contact our CSEC Community Advocate at (732) 929-0096 x 210

All services are free, voluntary, and confidential. All staff are vetted and professionally trained to work with youth at risk.