Who Becomes Victims of Human Trafficking


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Who Becomes Victims of Human 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 ContactIt is essential to remember that vulnerability to humantraffickingis far-reaching, spanningmultiple different areassuchas age, socio-economic status, nationality, education-level,or gender. Traffickers oftenprey onpeople who are hopingfor abetter life, lack employment opportunities, have anunstablehome life, or have ahistory of sexual abuse -conditions that arepresent inall spheres of society.Humantraffickingvictims have beenidentifiedincities,suburbs, andrural areas inall 50 states andinWashington, D.C.They are forcedto work or provide commercial sex againsttheir will inlegal andlegitimate business settings as well asundergroundmarkets. Some victims are hiddenbehindlockeddoors inbrothels andfactories. Inother cases, victims are inplainviewandmay interact withcommunity members, but thewidespreadlack of awareness andunderstandingof traffickingleads to lowlevels of victimidentificationby the people whomost oftenencounter them. For example, womenandgirls insex traffickingsituations, especially U.S. citizens, are oftenmisidentifiedas "willing" participants inthe sex trade who makeafree choice eachday to be there.While anyone canbecome avictimof trafficking, certainpopulations are especially vulnerable. These may include:undocumentedimmigrants;runaway andhomeless youth;victims of traumaandabuse;refugees andindividuals fleeingconflict;andoppressed, marginalized, and/or impoverishedgroups andindividuals.Undocumentedimmigrants inthe U.S. are highly vulnerable dueto acombinationof factors, including:lack of legal status andprotections, language barriers, limitedemployment options,poverty andimmigration-relateddebts, andsocial isolation.They are oftenvictimizedby traffickers fromasimilar ethnic ornational background, onwhomthey may be dependent foremployment, shelter, andother means of support.Runaways andat-risk youthare targetedby pimps andtraffickers for exploitationinthe commercial sex industry ordifferent labor or services industries. Pimps andsex traffickersare skilledat manipulatingchildvictims andmaintainingcontrolthroughacombinationof deception, lies, feignedaffection,Minors (under age 18) induced to performcommercial sex acts are victims of humantrafficking under the Trafficking VictimsProtection Act (TVPA).Victims of human trafficking can be men,women, children, adults, foreign nationals andU.S. citizens.There is not a consistent type or profile of a trafficking victim. Based on U.S.federal law, trafficked persons in the U.S. can be men or women, adults orchildren, and foreign nationals or U.S. citizens. Some are well-educated, whileothers have no formal education. Some immigrant victims are currently in theU.S. legally, and others are undocumented. Some form of vulnerability tends tobe the common thread amongst all different trafficking victims.The Victims E-mail PrintShareSIGN UP BLOG SEARCH LOGINABOUT USABOUT US WHAT WE DOWHAT WE DO HUMAN TRAFFICKING TAKE ACTIONTAKE ACTION RESOURCESRESOURCES MEDIAMEDIA GIVEGIVEconverted by Web2PDFConvert.com
  2. 2. Top ResourcesHumanTraffickingNational HumanTraffickingResourceCenterSex TraffickingintheU.S.RecognizingtheSignsTheVictimsClient Quotesthreats, andviolence.Traffickingvictims inthe U.S. under the federal TraffickingVictims ProtectionAct (TVPA)of 2000 include:Minors (under age 18)inducedto performcommercial sexactsThose age 18or over who are forced, deceived, or coercedinto providingcommercial sex actsChildrenandadults forcedto performlabor and/orservices inconditions of involuntary servitude, peonage,debt bondage, or slavery, throughforce, fraud, or coercionThe needs of survivors of traffickingare amongthe mostcomplex of crime victims, oftenrequiringamultidisciplinaryapproachto address severe traumaandmedical needs,immigrationandother legal issues, safety concerns, shelter andother basic daily needs, andfinancial hardship. For moreinformationabout the services available to victims of humantrafficking, includingcomprehensive service referrals intheU.S., click here.ContactPolaris 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 emailconverted by Web2PDFConvert.com