We know that the internet isn’t a scary place, but it’s important to remember that interacting with people online can get complicated. Relationships and friendships can be confusing, and when you’re talking to someone online, it can be especially hard to figure out what the other person is actually thinking.
Unfortunately, there’s no app that sends you a every time a conversation is getting kind of risky. But by knowing some warning signs, safety rules of thumb, and what to do if you do feel uncomfortable, you can help protect yourself and your friends.
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) Hotline
1 (888) 3737-888
Text 233-733 or BEFREE
Have you ever engaged in sexual activity in exchange for money, a place to sleep, food, drugs, alcohol, or in exchange for anything else?
If yes, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) can help you.
They give free, confidential, one-on-one support. You can call if you need someone to talk to, if you are in an emergency, or if you need any other help. For example, the hotline can connect you with agencies that can get you shelter, counseling, legal services, and other help.
You can also call the hotline if you are worried about a friend, family member, or anyone else who may be involved in “the life” or is receiving money, shelter, drugs, or anything else in exchange for sex.
Millions of children are affected by trafficking and exploitation.
National Runaway Safeline
National Sexual Assault Hotline
GLBT National Youth Talk Line
National Capital Poison Center
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Crisis Text Line