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The United States Department defines human trafficking as: all criminal actions that reduce, hold, or compel someone into a service. This includes the following forms of modern-day slavery: forced labor, bonded labor, involuntary domestic servitude, sex trafficking, child sex trafficking, and child soldiers.

 

Trafficking Statistics

Despite the significant disruptions to efforts to combat this crime, the anti-trafficking community found ways to adapt and forged new relationships to overcome the challenges.

 

The problem is larger than you think

78% of slaves are used for labor, 22% of slaves are used for sex, 71% of slaves are women and girls, and 33% of slaves are children. One person is trafficked every 10 minutes.

Human Trafficking

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Is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labour, sexual slavery, or sexual exploitation for the trafficker.

Sex Trafficking

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Occurs when a trafficker exploits an individual with force, fraud, or coercion to make them perform commercial sex.

Organ Trafficking

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Is the practice of stealing or buying organs through exploitation to be sold on a black market for profit.

Internet Trafficking

How to identify victims of human trafficking

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Identifying human-trafficking victims is an important step in getting them the help they need. Below are common indicators of a potential trafficking victim: 

  • Does the person act fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, nervous, or paranoid?
  • Does the person always defer to another person to speak for him or her?
  • Does the person have signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture?
  • Does the person freely contact friends or family?
  • Does the person have freedom of movement? Does the person work excessively long and/or unusual hours?
  • Is the person allowed to socialize or attend religious services?
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