What is human trafficking?
What is Human Trafficking?
It is a form of modern day slavery. Victims of human trafficking are subjected to force, fraud, or coercion, for the purpose of expliotation of forced labor. Victims of human trafficking are young children, teenagers, men and women.
Facts about Human Trafficking:
- Human trafficking is the 2nd largest criminal industry in the world and is the fastest growing.
- In October 2000, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act made human trafficking a federal crime.
- An estimated 500,000 – 2 million people are trafficked worldwide annually.
- 161 countries are identified as affected by human trafficking.
- There have been reported human trafficking cases in every state in the USA.
- Human trafficking yields an estimated $9 billion in profit each year.
- Smuggle routes for drugs, guns and human trafficking are often the same.
- York County has a human trafficking task force.
- Victims of human trafficking can be found in: commercial sex, domestic situations, sweatshop factories, construction, farming, landscaping, fisheries, hotel or tourst industries, panhandling, janitorial services, and restaurant services.
- 68% of female trafficking victims meet the clinical criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- 300,000 children in the USA are at risk of becoming victims of human trafficking.
- There is only one shelter in the USA designed specifically to meet the needs of trafficking victims and it currently only houses 7-9 victims.
- Injuries from beatings or weapons.
- Signs of torture (e.g. cigarette burns).
- Brands or scarring indicating ownership.
- Signs of malnourishment.
- Someone else has possession of legal/travel documents.
- Existing debt issues.
- One attorney claiming to represent illegal aliens detained in different locations.
- Third party insists on interpreting.
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|If you think you have come into contact with a victim of human trafficking, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline1 (800) 373-7888
National Human Trafficking Resource Center