9 Ways To Protect Yourself From Sex Trafficking Predators
Start writing a post
Student Life

9 Ways To Protect Yourself From Sex Trafficking Predators

In the world we live in, we have to learn how to be aware of the potential dangers that affect innocent people every day.

9 Ways To Protect Yourself From Sex Trafficking Predators

Lately, I can't go online without seeing some kind of sex trafficking warning about the own town I live in. While I don't want to live in fear, I have anxiety every time I'm running errands or leaving work. Then I realized instead of being scared, I just need to stay informed and take the proper precautions to protect myself to ease my mind. Here are some tips for being more cautious in your everyday life so your life doesn't have to be stolen from you or cut short.

1. Keep a pepper spray keychain/pocketknife handy at all times.

Pepper spray keychains and knives camouflaged as colorful keys or lipstick tubes are affordable and easy to find on Amazon. Hopefully, you will never have to use them, but knowing that you have them if the time comes is reassuring. Having these items as keychains is great because I always keep my keys in my hands, so I can get into my car or whip out my pepper spray without having to fumble through my purse.

2. Purchase a taser if you feel like the extra protection wouldn't hurt.

This might sound extreme, but a taser is an extremely useful and powerful self-defense weapon that can completely stop somebody in his or her tracks. There are actually phone cases with stun guns built into them that you can purchase from multiple websites online. The Yellow Jacket phone cases include a built-in stun gun and a backup battery that can recharge your phone wirelessly.

3. Be hyper-aware of your surroundings in parking lots, parking garages, gas stations, etc.

Rodan Can

Attackers go for people who look vulnerable and oblivious. Staring down at your phone and zoning out while walking through sketchy areas by yourself is a recipe for disaster. Don't make it easy for somebody to catch you off guard by distracting yourself with your phone or drowning out all outside noise with your headphones. Stay alert, utilize your senses, and always watch your back.

4. Be extremely wary of any unusual markers on your car.

Young women have been finding weird markers on their cars such as red pieces of paper, cardboard, and shirts stuck in their windshield wipers that were not there before. These strategies are said to be used by predators that want you to inspect your car and be easy to grab or to mark your car so you can be easily followed out of the lot. Although some articles I've read have debunked this "myth," I feel like you can never be too cautious. Don't remove the marker right away until you can roll down your window and take it out while you're already driving and be aware of any suspicious cars that could be following you.

5. Try not to take Ubers or Lyfts alone or wander around by yourself if you're intoxicated in any way.

Victor Xok

I'm admittedly guilty of leaving the bar myself in an Uber when I'm ready to go home and don't want to wait for the rest of the group. I urge you to get out of the habit of doing this or at least find one friend that is willing to leave with you every time. Nobody seems more vulnerable and easy to take advantage of than a drunk person alone in a car with a stranger. I also have a setting on my Uber app that automatically shares my trip with my boyfriend, so he gets a notification when I'm in a late-night Uber and he can track my route from his phone.

6. Make sure that you share your location with a few close friends in case of an emergency.

Find My Friends is a really useful tool to make sure where your friends are or where they were last before their phone was turned off. Frequently checking Find My Friends isn't a bad habit to get into just to make sure your friends are safe or where they said they were going to be. It might seem like a "mom" thing to do, but real friends look out for each other.

7. If you feel like you're in an unsafe or abandoned area, don't hesitate to call somebody.

Ehimetalor Unuabona

Call somebody if you're walking through a sketchy area and feel uncomfortable. Don't text, because it's important to keep your head up and be aware. This way, a nearby predator knows that somebody else knows where you are and what you're doing, and will obviously be able to tell if you suddenly drop the phone or hang up. I have actually had somebody approach me in a parking lot as I was about to get into my car, and my phone rang right at that moment and they walked away.

8. Don't give in when people approach you for money, a ride, etc.

Predators will prey on your good intentions in order to get their hands on you. Ted Bundy would pretend to be disabled and use his charm to lure people in to help him carry his books or unload things from his car. It's sad that this is the world we live in, but now is not the time to be charitable to random people asking for stuff. The same woman has come up to my friend at two different places desperately asking for a ride, and one time she had a British accent and one time she didn't. People are not to be trusted. Don't always assume the best of people and look out for yourself first.

9. If you have a weird feeling that somebody is following you, call 911.

Jack Finnigan

I saw a viral post on social media about a girl leaving her job in Orlando as she noticed a car following her down random roads and unusual turns home. She called 911 and they told her they'd meet her at a nearby Walmart. The police were waiting for her and they allegedly arrested two men who had warrants for sex trafficking. Even though this viral story could easily be debunked as "fake news," the principle behind it is still important: be aware. Listen to your gut. Take sudden and unexpected turns to see if you're really being followed. Call the authorities if you're truly scared and feel like you're in danger.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Planning Another Christmas Party

Don't just plan another plain party but get creative to have everyone wanting to come back next year!

Getty Famous

You know it's Christmas when the radio stations change to all of your favorite holiday tunes, the air is still, and stores have the best sales. With all my favorite things from Christmas happening my least favorite probably has to be when I have to go to another same old boring Christmas party that I get invited to every year. Here are some Christmas party ideas so that you won't have another sad Christmas party.

Keep Reading... Show less

High School Soccer is Wildly Important

For Young Players Who Want to Succeed at The Next Level

High School Soccer is Wildly Important

Whose choice is it? The parent? The player? There are a number of reasons that a kid may sit out of high school soccer, and to be completely honest; It is a huge mistake. High school soccer is the final piece in the puzzle that takes a player from above average or elite, to college ready by the end of their senior year. Every year thousands of talented athletes don't play for their high schools. Why though?

Keep Reading... Show less

8 Things That Should Be On Everyone's Holiday To-Do List

December is around the corner, are you ready?

8 Things That Should Be On Everyone's Holiday To-Do List

As they tend to say, its the most wonderful time of the year! People have begun to compile their Christmas to-do lists in anticipation for the season of sugarplums and gingerbread.

The history of the Christmas to-do lists goes back hundreds of years, almost as old as the holiday itself, however, people tend to fall out of this habit as they get older. This is unfortunate, as the theme of Christmas tradition can add bundles of the spirit of joy to your families.

Keep Reading... Show less

Fall Weather Must-Haves

Put away the swim suits and your favorite high-waisted shorts!


The transitional months of fall can cause some fashion headaches as you try to figure out what clothing to keep in your closet. With limited amount of college living space and the ever-unpredictable Nebraska weather, sometimes it’s difficult to know what should be taking up that precious closet space as you transition into winter. As you pack away those tanks and shorts for the chilly months ahead, get your closet ready with a few Fall must-haves. 

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week

Take a look at the articles driving big conversations on Odyssey.


At Odyssey, we're on a mission to encourage constructive discourse on the Internet. That's why we created the response button you can find at the bottom of every article.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments