Aiding and abetting facilitators of trafficking


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Aiding and abetting facilitators of trafficking

  1. 1. Human TraffickingOverviewWhy Trafficking ExistsThe TraffickersThe VictimsThe FacilitatorsMyths & MisconceptionsAnti-Trafficking EffortsSex Trafficking in the U.S.Labor Trafficking in the U.S.Recognizing the SignsInternational TraffickingTrafficking FAQsState-by-State ResourcesCalendar of EventsThe NHTRC Human Trafficking Report a Tip Access Training Resources Map Get Involved ContactThe support structure for the traffickingindustry includes bothcriminal andnoncriminal businesses andpractices that facilitatehumantrafficking. This support structure is essential to thetraffickingnetworks, oftenprovidingadvertising,transportation, financial services, andspaces inwhichtheyoperate. Facilitators may also helphide humantraffickingcrimes fromauthorities andincrease the risk or difficulty for apotential victimto reachout for help. Because facilitators arerarely, if ever, prosecuted, they frequently perceive alowsenseof risk for their linkages to humantraffickingoperations.Commonfacilitators onwhichtraffickers frequently relyinclude:Hotels andMotelsLandlordsLabor brokersTaxi andother drivingservicesAirlines, bus, andrail companiesAdvertisers-Online websites like books-Alternative Newspapers (andsome mainstreamnewspapers)Banks andother financial services companiesInsome cases, businesses are aware of their involvement intrafficking, andthe profits they generate outweighreservationsthey may have about their role. Inother cases, businesses areunaware andfindit difficult to knowwhichof their customersare humantraffickers.While the presence of these facilitators is disturbingandimportant to highlight, it is also areasonfor hope. Legitimatebusiness are likely to be more receptive to joiningthe fightagainst humantraffickingonce the ways that traffickers operateare describedto them. Inthis sense, the support structure caneither play arole infacilitatingtrafficking, or it canfulfill animportant functioninmakingit more difficult for traffickers tooperate. By isolatingtraffickers andincreasingly denyingthemopportunities to work throughlegitimate businesses, traffickingoperations will be more risky andmore difficult to maintain.Facilitators may also help hide humantrafficking crimes from authorities and increasethe risk or difficulty for a potential victim toreach out for help.The support structure for the traffickingindustry includes both criminal andnoncriminal businesses and practices thatfacilitate human trafficking.It is important to realize that human trafficking operations often intersect orexist alongside legitimate businesses. As a result, certain industries may help toenable, support, or facilitate human trafficking. This "support structure" mayinclude a wide range of individuals, organizations, businesses and corporations,and internet sites and practices.The Facilitators E-mail PrintShareSIGN UP BLOG SEARCH LOGINABOUT USABOUT US WHAT WE DOWHAT WE DO HUMAN TRAFFICKING TAKE ACTIONTAKE ACTION RESOURCESRESOURCES MEDIAMEDIA GIVEGIVEconverted by
  2. 2. Top ResourcesHumanTraffickingNational HumanTraffickingResourceCenterSex TraffickingintheU.S.RecognizingtheSignsTheVictimsClient QuotesContactPolaris ProjectP.O. Box 53315Washington, D.C. 20009Tel: 202-745-1001Fax: 202-745-1119Email Polaris ProjectWhat We DoNational Human Trafficking HotlinePolicyAdvocacyClient ServicesTraining and TechnicalAssistancePublic Outreach and CommunicationsFellowship ProgramConnect Search Join Our NetworkPrivacy Policy | Copyright 2013 Polaris Project.Sitemap Loginsearch the site enter your emailMore Client Stories"Many things have changed forme since coming to PolarisProject. I now believe it’s nevertoo late to begin again."converted by