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 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 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.
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.
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
Victims work long hours and are not allowed to leave or have breaks
Victims may not have a sense of time and location along with a basic lack of knowledge surrounding their whereabouts.
Traffickers lure victims into trafficking by exploiting insecurities and those looking for a better life by promising jobs, relationships, and opportunities.
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
- Intimate Partners
- Labor Brokers
- Factory owners and corporations
- Small business owners and managers