Human trafficking is notoriously underreported. Shocking as these numbers are, they are likely only a tiny fraction of the actual problem.
Human trafficking can happen to anyone but some people are more vulnerable than others. Significant risk factors include recent migration or relocation, substance use, mental health concerns, involvement with the children welfare system and being a runaway or homeless youth.
Perpetrators of human trafficking span all racial, ethnic, and gender demographics and are as diverse as survivors. Some use their privilege, wealth, and power as a means of control while others experience the same socio-economic oppression as their victims.
They include individuals, business owners, members of a gang or network, parents or family members of victims, intimate partners, owners of farms or restaurants, and powerful corporate executives and government representatives. They make promises aimed at addressing the needs of their target in order to impose control.
As a result, victims become trapped and fear leaving for myriad reasons, including psychological trauma, shame, emotional attachment, or physical threats to themselves or their family. Victims and survivors of human trafficking represent every race and ethnicity but some forms of trafficking are more likely to affect specific ethnic groups. Skip to main content. Quick Exit. Text: Text: Live Chat Chat.
They show signs that their movements are being controlled. Lack of earnings They are unable to keep his or her earnings and forced to turn it over to another person.
In many cases, the person owes a debt they are working to pay off. They may only know sex-related or labor-related words.
They may be fearful, anxious, depressed, overly submissive, and may avoid eye contact. Victims of human trafficking are often beaten in areas that will not damage their appearance, such as their lower back. Substance abuse They may show signs of drug use or drug addiction.
A victim may act as if they distrust any person who offers them assistance or attempts to converse with them. Signs of dependence: They may demonstrate affection, attachment, or dependence toward their abuser. Click the country below twice to call for help or to report a case of trafficking.
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