The Facts About Human Trafficking
will cease only to exist if we begin the process of educating ourselves
to spot the signs that indicate that a person has been trafficked and
is being held against their will.
- Sex Trafficking: in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion,or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age.
- 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.
Methods of Control:
- Force (physical
assault, sexual assault, rape, gang rape, and physical confinement and
- Fraud (false employment
offers, lying about work conditions, false promises, withholding wages)
- Coercion (Any threats
to life, safety, to family members or similar parties. Threats involving
immigration status or arrest. Withholding legal documents like passports
and visas. Climate of fear. Psychological abuse.)
- 600, 000 - 800,000 individuals are trafficked across international borders each year.
- 14, 500 – 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the US each year for both sexual and labor exploitation.
- 1 percent of victims have been officially identified in the US (total as of April 2005 = 720).
- There are NO official figures regarding the amount of US citizens who are currently enslaved.
- 450,000 children run away from home each year; 1 in 3 teens on the street will be lured towards prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home.
- Sex trafficking has been documented as a major contributor to the worldwide HIV/AIDS epidemic.
- Human trafficking is the 3rd largest crime industry in the US; it may be the largest in ten years.
- If you have an interstate highway or an airport in your state, you are a border state for traffickers(395, 95.
- Trafficking investigations have been initiated in all 50 states; trafficking cases have been reported in 91 cities.
- CT examples: Foxwoods (Debt Bondage; pay a price for being brought into the US), Waterbury (Dunkin Donuts), Darien (Micheline Slattery from Haiti).
What are people are trafficked for?:
- Commercial sexual exploitation/Prostitution
- Exotic dancing/Stripping/Pornography
- Domestic work and child care (“domestic servitude”)
- Factory work/Sweatshops
- Agricultural work
- Landscape work
- Construction labor
- Servile Marriages/International Marriage Brokers
- Hotel housekeeping
- Day labor
- False adoption