Questions you may have
How does someone fall victim to human trafficking?
Traffickers prey on vulnerable individuals and use their individual circumstances to lure them. They may find this information through friends and family, on social media or by befriending or dating them.
Those who are lured into sex trafficking locally usually have preexisting struggles such as homelessness, drug addiction, mental illness or poverty. Internationally traffickers find people who are living in destitute situations such as war or extreme poverty.
Traffickers use recruiters to find these individuals through advertisement or family members and friends.
Anyone can be a victim.
Prostitution vs Sex Trafficking
If another person is in control of the advertisement for sexual services, coerces and exploits them and receives money or other material benefits from sexual services, they are being trafficked. If an individual is in control of themselves and their choices to provide sexual services and no one else is profiting, this is prostitution.
Human Trafficking vs Human Smuggling
Human smuggling is more like a business transaction and a choice. Someone is paying an individual to bring them across a border or to anther area and are aware of what they are doing. Human trafficking involves force and is a way of someone profiting off of an individual by using their vulnerabilities to exploit them. The victim may fears for their safety if they don’t do what their traffickers instructs them to do.