What is Human Trafficking?
Human Trafficking is the use of force, fraud or coercion to get another person to provide labor or sex in exchange for something of value (money, drugs, food, shelter, clothing, etc). Child sex trafficking is when anything of value is given for any sex act with someone under 18 years of age.
IF YOU THINK YOU SUSPECT THE TRAFFICKING OR EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN, CALL THE NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE AT
OR TEXT “HELP” OR “INFO” TO BeFree (233733)
EMAIL: [email protected], 24/7,
CONFIDENTIAL & INTERPRETERS AVAILABLE
IN CASE OF IMMEDIATE DANGER, CALL 911
Myth: Trafficking Doesn't happen here
FACT: Trafficking happens in all types of communities and in every state, province or country. It is happening everywhere. But we can all do something to stop it.
MYTH: Traffickers look creepy and menacing
FACT: Traffickers don’t fit any one sterotype. In many cases they appear to live ordinary respectful lives. They can be family, a person of authority in the community, a clergy member, an educator, etc. A trafficker can be any race, gender or social economic status.
Myth: Victims are usually kidnapped and held under lock and key.
FACT: This can be the case in few situations, however this not how most children are trafficked. Some children are trafficked by family members and others are trafficked by people who manipulate them, make false promises, or theaten them in order to exploit them. Many children may not understand what is happening to them, blame themselves, or are scared to seek help. In some cases, children may simply not have the opportunity or knowledge to access help and resources. The Hollywood version of trafficking we may have in our minds (i.e. white vans and chains) doesn’t represent the reality of how trafficing actually occurs.