Human Trafficking 2017-01-10T15:14:04+00:00

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery involving the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain.  Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States.  A $32 billion annual industry, modern day trafficking is a type of slavery that involves the transport or trade of people for the purpose of work. According to the U.N., about 2.5 million people around the world are ensnared in the web of human trafficking at any given time.  Human trafficking impacts people of all backgrounds, and people are trafficked for a variety of purposes.

Men are often trafficked into hard labor jobs, while children are trafficked into labor positions in textile, agriculture and fishing industries. Women and girls are typically trafficked into the commercial sex industry, i.e. prostitution or other forms of sexual exploitation.

Not all slaves are trafficked, but all trafficking victims are victims of slavery. Human trafficking is a particularly cruel type of slavery because it removes the victim from all that is familiar to her, rendering her completely isolated and alone, often unable to speak the language of her captors or fellow victims.   Human trafficking is a hidden crime, as victims rarely come forward to seek help because of language barriers, fear of the traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement.

Trafficking victims are often recruited by an acquaintance, and sometimes by a close friend or family member. Traffickers may come from the same poor social and economic background as their victims, or appear to be successful business people able to offer their victims better opportunities. Traffickers try to appear trustworthy. They may be school friends or relatives. Sometimes even parents are involved in trafficking their children (Familia Trafficking).

Traffickers often operate by:

Using violence or threatening the person or the person’s family members;

Harming or depriving the person of basic necessities, such as food, water, or sleep;

Making false promises of love or companionship;

Making false promises of a good job and home;

Restricting contact with friends or family;

Limiting freedom of movement;

Controlling the person’s identification documents;

Threatening deportation or law enforcement action;

Garnishing the person’s salary to pay off alleged debts; and/or

Preventing the victim from attending religious services.

How you can help Erdicate human trafficking

You can join us in our fight to stop human trafficking and end modern-day sex slavery through engaging in any of our three areas of action—prevention, intervention, and restoration. Through committing to praying for victims, raising awareness, advocating for policy reform, and donating to organizations like Its Going To Be Ok Inc who are combating this injustice, you are playing a direct part in ending slavery today.

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