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Human Trafficking Resources

Human trafficking is modern day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex.

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Force

Can involve physical restraint or physical harm

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Victims were always kidnapped.

Most traffickers are family, friends or acquaintances. There is often a relationship between victim and trafficker.

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Human trafficking only happens overseas.

Human trafficking happens everywhere both in the US and overseas. It is an international problem.

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Human trafficking is mostly about commercial sex exploitation.

Labor trafficking, or forced labor, is also human trafficking.

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Prostitution is not human trafficking.

Oftentimes women end up in prostution after “aging out” or escaping trafficking. It can take 10 to 14 times to escape an abuser.

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Trafficking only happens in big cities.

Trafficking occurs in every country, in every state. Trafficking often happens in rural areas where there aren't people to notice.

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Human trafficking is only run by big trafficking rings, gangs and the mob.

Trafficking can be big operations run by gangs or mob but can also be a smaller operation where someone is pimping out one or two girls, whether it's their girlfriend, child or someone they have control over.

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Human trafficking is always violent.

Trafficking often occurs through emotional and psychological manipulation.

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Traffickers are often strangers.

Many times the trafficker is a family member, friend or acquaintance.