Regardless of gender or gender identity, traveling alone is a scary and daunting thought in the world we live in today. Polaris states that there was a 19% increase in Human Trafficking between 2018 and 2019. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime shared the statistic that adult women make up 46%, adult men 20%, young girls 19%, and young boys 15% of the people that are trafficked. Human trafficking victims are not solely used for sexual exploitation, they can be used for forced labor, forced marriages, the selling of babies and even organ removal. I don't write this to scare people or talk them out of traveling alone or traveling in general, but to keep people informed and educated about a huge epidemic that is happening in the world and has been happening for years.
The gallery of pictures above are some of the world's safest places to travel, however people should still be aware that dangerous situations can happen anywhere in the world, even if the place is deemed 'safe'.
Here are some tips for travelling to an unknown place:
Research your destination before you go:
Although research won't be able to prepare you for every situation, research can provide you with the information you need to stay safe, such as were the worst crime areas are or where the hospitals or police stations are located.
Enroll in the areas STEP program if it is available.
you'll get updates about safety and security issues for your destination
Bring a travel kit for safety
portable door lock which can retail for $12.99-17.99
wedge door stop security alarm which retails for around $11.99
A rape whistle
Storm All-Weather Safety Whistle
UST JETSCREAM WHISTLE (122 decibels)
it is plastic but not single use, and it wont clog
Make sure people cannot see into your room, or hear what your room number or what floor your room is on.
Before unpacking & showering, turn off all the lights in your room, turn your phone flashlight on and look around the room for any red lights.
buy an RF detector & bring it with you which will detect hidden cameras or mics
most common places for hidden camera & mics:
air filters equipment
small desk plants
tissue boxes and stuffed animals
table tops, shelves, couch cushions
digital tv boxes
wall or alarm clocks
Check the mirrors in your rooms
use the fingernail gap test on all your mirrors, as well as checking them for hidden camera with your phone light.
place your fingernail on the surface of the mirror, if there is a gap between your nail and the image it is a real mirror. If your finger and the image touch tip-to-tip, there would be a hidden spy camera in the mirror
IF YOU FIND A HIDDEN CAMERA IN A HOTEL:
Don't more or touch the camera. Call the police to come and take the camera
the police will collect the evidence as well as any fingerprints
take away all of your belongings out of view of the camera
take pictures for evidence
follow up with the police
Staying safe is important and daunting but it is important to try to keep ourselves as safe as we possibly can.
Here is a link to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime statistics page:
The Number to the Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
A Link to Human Trafficking Non-Profits where anybody can donate to a multitude of different sits. Do your research and find which site speaks to you: https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=8361
Here is also a link to a petition to reinstate the violence against women's act: https://www.change.org/p/reauthorize-the-violence-against-women-act-2
A Link for a petition to #STOPASIANHATE: https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-stop-violence-abuse-against-chinese-asian-people
A link for petitions in the Human Rights category: