We EDUCATE stylists & salon owners how to identify potential victims of human trafficking, and how to connect them with HELP in their area.
Human trafficking is a complex and elusive injustice. It is complex because it is a worldwide crisis happening in all places occurring in many forms, most notably labor, child, and sex trafficking. It is elusive because it can often blend in with it’s surroundings and can sometimes be very difficult to identify. In the US, sex trafficking exists and continues to grow because it can generate high profits and a perceived low risk for the traffickers. This low risk is because it can often be very difficult to identify potential victims of human trafficking.
MISSIO is hoping to change that. We believe that if stylists and salon owners can be educated in identifying potential victims of sex trafficking, we can prevent it from happening. In the US, trafficked victims are often sitting in the salon chair. Imagine thousands of salons and stylists trained and equipped to identify victims and to take action. We believe that widespread vigilance can increase the risk for traffickers.
With a curriculum created with experts on human trafficking and resources gathered from Polaris and local and federal law enforcement officials, MISSIO seeks to educate as many salons and stylists as possible through on-the-ground training and weekly webinars.
If you are interested your salon becoming MISSIO Equipped, email firstname.lastname@example.org.