On March 7th a 47-year-old New York man was arrested in Maryland and is now facing human trafficking charges. This is one of millions of cases. Human Trafficking happens around the world as another form of slavery. It is used on men and women of all ages but the average age for many victims of sexual trafficking is 15. All trafficking victims are victims of slavery.
Human trafficking is a very cruel type of slavery because it removes the victim from all that is familiar to him or her, rendering them completely isolated and alone.
Victims often don’t speak up about it out of fear of what will happen to them or to their loved ones- this fear is called coercion . Adult women make up the largest group of sex trafficking victims, followed by girl children, a small percentage of men and boys are trafficked into the industry. There are signs a child is being trafficked: 1) they know little about his or her whereabouts,2) they work excessively long hours, 3) they exhibit fear or anxiety, 4) they were hired with a false promise, or 2) they have inconsistencies with a given story. Some people specialize in interviewing victims to assess the degree that they have been victimized and provide the appropriate counseling and support.
If you are suspicious of someone being used for human trafficking you can call your local police department to inform them. If you or someone you know has been used or is currently being used as a sex trafficking slave you can text “BeFree” (233733) or call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at 1-888-373-7888. Two of the Congressional Committees that deal with legislation on this issue include the House Committee on Homeland Security and the Senate Judiciary Committee
Here is how people are trying to take control of Human Trafficking: