Human Trafficking

August 24, 2022

Human Traffickers exploit others for the profit gained from forced labor and commercial sex. They lure and ensnare people into forced labor and sex trafficking by manipulating and exploiting their vulnerabilities. The 3 most common types of human trafficking are sex trafficking, forced labor, and debt bondage. Forced labor, also known as involuntary servitude, is the biggest sector of trafficking in the world, according to the U.S. Department of State.

What Is Human Trafficking

Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide. Adults and children can be trafficked or enslaved and forced to sell their bodies for sex. People are also trafficked or enslaved for labor exploitation, for example: to work on a farm or factory. to work in a house as a servant, 

Warning Signs of Human Trafficking

Appearing malnourished. Showing signs of physical injuries and abuse. Avoiding eye contact, social interaction, and authority figures/law enforcement. Seeming to adhere to scripted or rehearsed responses in social interaction. Lacking official identification documents.

How Human Traffickers Lure Their Victims

Many sex traffickers lure victims by providing basic survival needs. They systematically provide distorted versions of higher needs to manipulate victims. Using threats, force, and coercion, traffickers exploit the fact that, for many victims, “life” may be their first experience of ‘family’ and belonging.

Who is Most in Danger of Human Trafficking

Some of the most vulnerable populations for trafficking in the United States include American Indian/Alaska Native communities, lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-questioning individuals, individuals with disabilities, undocumented migrants, runaway and homeless youth, temporary guest-workers, and low-income individuals. The average age of child sex trafficking victims is between the ages of 11-14 Family members exclusively traffic most children under the age of ten. 74% of child trafficking cases involved sex trafficking, and the majority of those involved pimp-controlled prostitution.

What a Human Trafficking House

Unusually high numbers of people coming in and out of the property while you’re showing it. Interior locks on doors or windows. A seller who insists on being present while you’re showing the home and is overly controlling.

Human Trafficking Indicators

Living with the employer. Poor living conditions. Multiple people in a cramped space. Inability to speak to individual alone. Answers appear to be scripted and rehearsed. The employer is holding identity documents. Signs of physical abuse. Submissive or fearful.

Signs Someone is Trying to Abduct you

They have marks on their body (burns, bruises, cuts) that show they might be physically abused. They’re afraid of speaking to anyone, especially authority figures. They’re afraid to talk about where they live or don’t seem to know their surroundings very well. They abuse some form of substance (drugs, alcohol)

What Causes Human Trafficking

Political instability, militarism, civil unrest, internal armed conflict, and natural disasters may increase trafficking. The destabilization and displacement of populations increase their vulnerability to exploitation and abuse through trafficking and forced labor.

Three Signs of Human Trafficking

Pelvic, rectal or urinary trauma (evidence of unprotected or violent sex and multiple or forced abortions). Mental health issues, including depression. Post-traumatic stress disorder