Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking: is the entire process of transforming an individual into a slave (especially for the purpose of profit).  This coercive process includes but is not limited to the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining a person for the purposes of sexual and/or labor services.  The two most common types of human trafficking are Sex Trafficking and Labor Trafficking.

To better understand what human trafficking is, first we must find out what it’s not.

Human Trafficking is not migrant smuggling.  Victims of human trafficking do not give consent whereas a person being smuggled does.  Smuggling is the illegal transportation of people across national borders, human trafficking does not need to involve any transportation whatsoever.  This is where the term “Human Trafficking” can be somewhat deceptive as it may indicate the necessity to transport an individual from one place to another. The truth is, a person can be considered trafficked in a number of different ways, even if they never leave their home residence.  A parent can “traffic” their daughter in their own home by selling her for sex.  And yes, this happens- usually this is done to provide for a drug addiction.

Human Trafficking is not just a problem in 3rd world nations.  Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world, reported in nearly every country, including the United States.  Not only that, it has been reported in all 50 States and is in almost every city in America.

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