Human Trafficking is modern slavery. And it happens right here in America.
Human trafficking is the exploitation of a person through force, fraud or coercion for labor or commercial sex against their will. Often, this is associated with sex trafficking, but it can take many forms, including child labor, domestic servitude and migrant working. Human trafficking affects every corner of the earth, from rural to urban areas, regardless of a nation’s wealth. It can happen anywhere: in homes and on the streets, in factories and mines, and on farms and in fields. It is estimated that there are more than 20 million victims of human trafficking worldwide, including more than 64,000 right here in North America.
Victims of human trafficking include men, women and children—from all walks of life and socioeconomic classes. They are often forced or coerced into servitude in the commercial sex industry as well as forced labor, where they work for little or no pay under highly exploitive conditions. They may be held against their will or manipulated into servitude for individuals, families or networks of traffickers. Traffickers can exploit victims by targeting their vulnerabilities, controlling them with threats, and/or using physical force.
Sometimes people who are being manipulated or psychologically coerced into servitude don’t realize they are victims of human trafficking. Often, victims can’t access help on their own. You can help by learning to recognize the signs associated with trafficking.
2-1-1 is partnering with the National Human Trafficking Resource Center to connect you to life-saving information and support systems that provide an escape route from modern slavery and help establish a life of freedom.