Human trafficking victims have been identified in cities, suburbs, and rural areas in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C.
Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery. Victims of human trafficking are subjected to force, fraud, or coercion, for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor. Victims are young children, teenagers, men and women.
After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today, and it is the fastest growing.
The trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) defines "Severe forms of Trafficking in Persons" as:
1. Sex Trafficking: the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act, in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person forced to perform such an act is under the age of 18 years; or
2. Labor Trafficking: the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery.
In both forms, the victim is an unwilling participant due to force, fraud or coercion.
Learn more about;
1. Trafficking Victims
2. How Victims Are Trafficked
6. Trafficking vs. Smuggling
7. Help for Victims of Trafficking
Click Here for the complete Human Trafficking Fact Sheet
If you think you have come in contact with a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-800-3737 ext 888.
Posted on Wed, September 7, 2011
by Donna Shiflett filed under