Human trafficking is slavery that is happening all over the world today – even in the United States (USA). It is when humans are abused and sold for profit such as money or drugs. The criminals who do this are called “traffickers,” and the people being abused and sold are called “victims.” This is a problem that affects a lot of people around the world, even in our own cities and neighborhoods.
There are two kinds of human trafficking. The first is sex trafficking, which is when a person is forced to do sexual acts when they don’t want to. Victims can be forced to work as a prostitute, work in a strip club, work giving massages, and more. The person making victims do this is sometimes called a “pimp” or “daddy.”
The second kind of human trafficking is labor trafficking, which is when a person is made to work somewhere they do not want to work, or work for very little money. This can be the person who helped you find your job, your boss or supervisor,
Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to make a person work for them or commit sexual acts.
Force – This is when traffickers hurt you. Examples of force can include being kicked, punched, shoved, beaten, or strangled (‘choked’); being sexually abused or raped; being tied down, chained, or locked in a room; being forced to take drugs or drink alcohol; and more.
Fraud – This is when traffickers make promises they do not keep. For example, a trafficker may promise you that you will be paid $15 an hour for your work but you are paid only $3 an hour. Another example may be if a trafficker promises you that they love you and will take care of you, but instead they hurt you and force you to do things you don’t want to do.
Coercion – This is when traffickers scare you. Traffickers will say things to make you afraid of being hurt, of your family being hurt, of getting in trouble with the cops, of being deported and sent back to your home country, having your children taken away, and anything else that might cause you fear.
If you feel like this is happening to you or someone you know, you can call 812-424-7273. You do not have to give anyone your real name, phone number, or share anything that you do not want to. All services are free and confidential.