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Transcript of Human Trafficking
17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S.
80% of that number are estimated to be female and 50% are minors Human traffiking is the fastest growing industry, second only to drugs because "You can only sell drugs or a weapon once, but you can sell a girl or boy 15 to 40 times a night" (Barnaba Institute). Human trafficking is hard to distinguish because of its similarities to prostitution. The victims of trafficking do not choose to be prostitutes, they are coerced and forced into being one. It is difficult to determine whether the women prostituting are being trafficked or prostitutes by choice. Victims: Can be anyone. Although people from low income families or abusive families are at a higher vulnerability, anyone can become a victim of trafficking. The starting age for prostitution is often at 13, but any age can be trafficked and used for labor. Traffickers: Traffickers can be anybody, but usually they are pimps, brothel owners, people who have servants in their home, small businesses or criminal networks (Polaris Project). These people use psychological abuse, physical abuse, and familial harm threats if their victims do not comply. Victims can become reliant on their trafficker because of a drug addiction or because they are reliant on the trafficker for food or shelter. Forms of trafficking: labor: victims are told they are going to work to be a babysitter or maid or do some kind of labor job, but then are forced into prostitution or are unable to pay for their freedom
sex tourism is where young children (13 is the starting age) are prostituted for clients. Sadly, Americans are the largerst majority of sex tourists. (Flowers 5).
prostitution - victims are forced to prostitution There are some places where children between 4-6 are used to turn bricks so they dry. They are used because they are small and won't damage the bricks. What Can I do? Talk to your friends-let people know trafficking is an issue in the U.S. as well as other countries
Recognize trafficking through:
the common work and living conditions of the individual such as: not free to come and go, under 18 and providing sexual acts, is unpaid or payed very little, works excessive hours or unusual hours, or has high security measures
is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, etc.
lacks health care, or is malnourished
has no or few personal possessions
If you see any of those signs or similar signs, you can call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at
(All the above findings and more can be found at Polaris Project) There are several organizations to combat human trafficking.
Some of these are:
The Polaris Project
The Project to End Human Trafficking
The Barnaba Institute
All of these are non-profit organizations seeking to end human trafficking and help heal the victims of trafficking. You can start a club in your school to bring awareness of trafficking, you can raise money, or you can simply start talking about it to people and getting involved by visiting any of the organization's websites. There, you can donate money and learn more about what you can do to end trafficking.