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    What is Human Trafficking?

    What is Human Trafficking?

    You thought slavery ended after the Civil War? Think again. There are more slaves now than at any time in history! Human trafficking is just a way of saying “the ways people are moved from freedom into slavery.” Through violence. Lies. Manipulation. Threats.

    Today’s slaves are forced into labor, service or sex slavery; making money for their “owners.” You see, the same people who have been trafficking drugs and weapons are realizing that selling people is more profitable and less risky! People can be sold repeatedly; in the case of a sex slave that might be 10, 20 or more times a day. In labor slavery, goods and services are continually produced without compensating the laborer.

    Why is Human Trafficking Growing So Fast?

    Human trafficking is less risky than most crimes, because it’s a lot harder to uncover and prosecute. Someone caught with a kilo of cocaine is quickly arrested, and there is hard evidence to take to court. Someone caught with people—well, that’s not so simple. Especially when those people are terrified to speak or are afraid for their families who may have been threatened.

    Targeted Youth

    Half of the slaves in the world today are minors. Federal law in the U.S. says that anyone under 18 used for sex in exchange for anything of value is legally a victim of human trafficking. That “thing of value” might be money, a sandwich, clothing, or a place to spend the night.

    Some young people are more at risk, like runaways and throwaways, but anyone can become a victim. Traffickers are going into schools, malls, theatres, game arcades, playgrounds – anywhere youths hang out – to find victims. Some are kidnapped. Sometimes people they know and trust are actually there to sell them and threaten their families if they tell. Sometimes their own family members sell them.

    On this site, we’re focused on the buying and selling of our youth for the pleasure and profit of the perpetrators. Young people right here in America—not just third world countries—are at great risk. And the demand is for younger and younger children.

    This has to stop!

    The UN tells us that 99% of victims are never rescued. We’re out to empower young people and those who care about them to keep from being trapped in the first place. YOU can protect your friends, family and the younger people in your life.


    Because prevention is even better than rescue.

    Article From: BeTheJam

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    Two Types of Trafficking

    What is “Human Trafficking”?

    Human trafficking is the buying and selling of human beings for another person’s profit. This isn’t a little issue either. There are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in history. Approximately 27 million of them. Most importantly, the average age into trafficking within the US is 13-14 years old.

    Sex Trafficking

    Sex Trafficking is the sexual exploitation of one person, for another person’s financial gain. Victims are forced to perform sex acts against their will, and failure to cooperate leads to punishment. Street-based traffickers can force their victims to reach a nightly quota, anywhere from $300-$1000. Brothel based traffickers can force their victims into 6-10 sexual acts a day, 7 days a week.

    Labor Trafficking

    Labor Trafficking is forced work at facilities, businesses, or homes. Workers often live and work in terrible conditions and receive little or no benefits. Victims may be subjected to debt bondage to their traffickers so they believe they have to escape.


    • Mental Manipulation

      Victims are brainwashed by their traffickers, distorting their realities. Victims are oftentimes fearful, anxious, depressed, and afraid of law enforcement and avoid eye contact with individuals.

    • Branding

      Pimps tattoo or carve their names into their victims

    • Poor Physical Health

      Victims are often unable to take care of themselves because of their abusive traffickers and lack of access to basic necessities. Victims can be malnourished and show signs of physical or sexual abuse.

    • Lack of possessions/payment

      Victims of trafficking have little or no personal belongings or resources

    • Restrictions

      Victims work long hours and are not allowed to leave or have breaks

    • Confusion

      Victims may not have a sense of time and location along with a basic lack of knowledge surrounding their whereabouts.


    • Psychological Manipulation

      Traffickers lure victims into trafficking by exploiting insecurities and those looking for a better life by promising jobs, relationships, and opportunities.

    • Physical Abuse

      Traffickers use fear and physical abuse to maintain control over their victims.

    • Many types of traffickers – According to the Trafficking Resource Center:

      • Brothel and fake massage business owners and managers
      • Employers of domestic servants
      • Gangs
      • Growers
      • Intimate Partners
      • Labor Brokers
      • Factory owners and corporations
      • Pimps
      • Small business owners and managers
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    Common Myths and Misconceptions about Human Trafficking in the U.S.

    The following document summarizes some of the commonly-held myths and misconceptions about the definition of human trafficking and the types of human trafficking operations that exist in the United States. This document is intended to help clarify a more accurate portrayal of trafficking by correcting the numerous myths and misconceptions. The goal of the document is to help shape a “lens” for identifying and understanding trafficking that is not clouded by incorrect information. A “Top 10” List is provided below.

    Myth 1:

    Under the Federal definition, trafficked persons can only be foreign nationals or are only immigrants from other countries.

    Reality: The Federal definition of human trafficking includes both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals – both are equally protected under the Federal trafficking statutes and have been since the TVPA of 2000. Human trafficking encompasses both transnational trafficking that crosses borders and domestic or internal trafficking that occurs within a country. Statistics about trafficking, estimates of the scope of trafficking, and descriptions of trafficking should be mindful to include both transnational and internal trafficking to be most accurate.

    Myth 2:

    Trafficking is essentially a crime that must involve some form of travel, transportation, or movement across state or national borders.

    Reality: The legal definition of trafficking, as defined under the Federal trafficking statutes, does not require transportation, although transportation may be involved in the crime, and although the word connotes movement. Human trafficking is not synonymous with forced migration or smuggling. Instead, human trafficking is more accurately characterized as “compelled service” where an individual’s will is overborne through force, fraud, or coercion. Transportation or migration is less of a relevant consideration to the definition or for identifying trafficked persons.

    Myth 3:

    Human trafficking is another word for human smuggling

    Reality: There are many fundamental differences between the crimes of human trafficking and human smuggling. Both are entirely separate Federal crimes in the United States. Most notably, smuggling is a crime against a country’s borders, whereas human trafficking is a crime against a person. Also, while smuggling requires illegal border crossing, human trafficking involves commercial sex acts or labor or services that are induced through force, fraud, or coercion.

    Myth 4:

    Here must be elements of physical restraint, physical force, or physical bondage when identifying a trafficking situation.

    Reality: The legal definition of trafficking does not require physical restraint, bodily harm, or physical force. Psychological means of control, such as threats, or abuse of the legal process, are sufficient elements of the crime. Unlike the previous Federal involuntary servitude statutes (U.S.C. 1584), the new Federal crimes created by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 were intended to address “subtler” forms of coercion and to broaden previous standards that only considered bodily harm.

    Myth 5:

    Victims of trafficking will immediately ask for help or assistance and will self-identify as a victim of a crime.

    Reality: Victims of trafficking often do not immediately seek help or self-identify as victims of a crime, due to lack of trust, self-blame, or training by the traffickers. It is important to avoid making a snap judgment based on the first interviews and to be understanding that trust will take time to develop. Continued trust-building and patient interviewing is often required to get to the whole story.

    Myth 6:

    Trafficking victims always come from situations of poverty or from small rural villages.

    Reality: Although poverty certainly is highly correlated with human trafficking because it often is a factor of vulnerability, poverty alone is not a single causal factor or universal indicator of a human trafficking victim. Trafficking victims can come from a range of income levels and many may come from families with increased socioeconomic status.

    Myth 7:

    Sex trafficking is the only form of human trafficking.

    Reality: Elements of human trafficking can occur in both commercial sex acts but also in situations of forced labor or services. The broader concept of human trafficking encompasses both forms of what are referred to as “sex trafficking” and “labor trafficking,” and can effect men and boys in addition to women and girls.

    Myth 8:

    Human trafficking only occurs in illegal underground industries

    Reality: Elements of human trafficking can be identified whenever the means of force, fraud, or coercion induce a person to perform commercial sex acts, or labor or services. Trafficking can occur in legal and legitimate business settings as well as underground markets.

    Myth 9:

    If the trafficked person consented to be in their initial situation or was informed about what type of labor they would be doing or that commercial sex would be involved, then it cannot be trafficking or against their will because they “knew better.”

    Reality: A victim cannot consent to be in a situation of human trafficking. Initial consent to commercial sex or a labor setting prior to acts of force, fraud, or coercion (or if the victim is a minor in a sex trafficking situation) is not relevant to the crime, nor is payment.

    Myth 10:

    Foreign national trafficking victims are always undocumented immigrants or here in this country illegally.

    Reality: For foreign national victims, trafficked persons can be in the United States through either legal or illegal means. Although some foreign national victims are undocumented, a significant percentage may have legitimate visas for various purposes. Not all foreign national victims are undocumented.

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