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  • Writer's pictureJ. Wilson

What is Human Trafficking? What it is and what it is not.

Human trafficking is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. It is the business of stealing freedom for profit. It is a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 24.9 million people around the world. Human trafficking can happen in a variety of ways. It can involve fraud, force, or coercion for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor.


Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation

In some cases, traffickers trick, defraud or physically force victims into providing commercial sex. This can include prostitution, pornography, and live-streaming. Trafficking for sexual exploitation can also involve the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act.

Victims of sexual exploitation can be of any age, gender, or nationality. The most vulnerable populations include individuals in poverty, those who are homeless, LGBTQ individuals, and those who come from abusive backgrounds.


Trafficking for Forced Labor

In other cases, victims are lied to, assaulted, threatened or manipulated into working under inhumane, illegal or otherwise unacceptable conditions. Forced labor can include domestic servitude, agricultural labor, factory labor, janitorial services, or other forms of labor.

The victims of forced labor can be of any age, gender, or nationality. They can be found in both the formal and informal economies, and in both urban and rural areas. Forced labor victims are often young people, undocumented migrants, refugees, or those with limited job options.


Vulnerable Populations

Victims of human trafficking can come from any population, but some populations are more vulnerable than others. These include individuals in poverty, those who are homeless, LGBTQ individuals, and those who come from abusive backgrounds. Additionally, children are particularly vulnerable to trafficking, as they are less likely to report it or have the capacity to flee or resist.

Traffickers often target vulnerable populations because they are less likely to report the crime or have the capacity to flee or resist. Traffickers also target individuals based on their immigration status, language barriers, and lack of access to resources.


How to Get Help

If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, there are resources available to help. The National Human Trafficking Hotline is available 24/7, and can provide assistance through referrals to service providers, crisis support, and more. Additionally, there are many organizations that provide resources and assistance to victims of human trafficking.


Conclusion

Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 24.9 million people around the world. It can involve fraud, force, or coercion for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor. Victims of human trafficking can come from any population, but some populations are more vulnerable than others. If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, there are resources available to help. We encourage you to reach out to the National Human Trafficking Hotline or any of the organizations that provide resources and assistance to victims of human trafficking.


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