HUMAN TRAFFICKING



Enslave the liberty of but one human being and the liberties of the world are put in peril.

William Lloyd Garrison 19th c. Abolitionist

CALL IT WHAT IT IS

Human trafficking is called by many names.  Sometimes it’s referred to as “trafficking in persons” or “modern slavery,” but what it really comes down to is EXPLOITATION.  Human trafficking explicitly exploits men, women and children for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sex.

The U.S. federal definition of human trafficking as indicated by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) is:

(a) sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age, or

(b) the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

Slowly, I'm beginning to realize that what happened to me wasn't my fault, that I was taken advantage of by a group of vile, twisted men.

Testimonial Survivor
Survivor

Human trafficking as defined by international law via the 2000 United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (UN TIP Protocol) is as follows:

“Trafficking in persons” shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude, or the removal of organs.”


THE ``WHAT, HOW, & WHY`` OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

ACT

Recruitment
Transport
Transfer
Harboring
Receipt of Persons

MEANS

Threat or use of force
Coercion
Abduction
Deception
Abuse of power or vulnerability
Giving payments or benefits

PURPOSE

Exploitation, including
Prostitution of others
Sexual exploitation
Forced Labor
Slavery or similar practices
Removal of organs
Other types of exploitation




WHAT DOES ``CSEC`` STAND FOR?



CSEC is an acronym for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children – a term that accurately depicts child victims of sex trafficking.

According to the American Bar Association,

the commercial sexual exploitation of children includes the prostitution of children, child pornography, child sex tourism, and other forms of transactional sex where a child engages in sexual activities to have key needs fulfilled, such as food, shelter or access to education (also known as “survival sex”).  It includes forms of transactional sex where the sexual abuse of children is not stopped or reported by household members, due to benefits derived by the household from the perpetrator.

Need more clarification?  Head on over to the Human Trafficking Resources page and check out the section titled “Reframe the Narrative” under “Fast Facts.”


REPORT A TIP

1-888-3737-888

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.  For help, resources or to report an anonymous tip, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at 1-888-3737-888 or text 233733 (BEFREE) with “HELP” or “INFO.”










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Nelson Mandela South African Anti-Apartheid Revolutionary, Politician, & Philanthropist


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WE PREVENT



Research has shown that successful methods of prevention “reduce risk factors and promote protective factors to ensure the well-being of children and families.”  Thus, it is our belief that prevention is key to living and creating a better life not only for yourself, but for others.

Prevention is not just stopping an action or behavior from happening or arising – it can offer a positive alternative to that action or behavior as well.

By sharing and exposing current social issues and providing effective tools on how we, individually, and as a community can prevent these negative or harmful situations, navigate through them and promote positive alternatives that lead to healthier choices, we can inevitably lead more productive, successful lives.  The goal is to create a thriving, sustainable and flourishing community, where our choices reflect ones that not only benefit ourselves, our family and friends, but the greater community as well.


WE PREVENT IN THREE WAYS




What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.

Albert Pine English Author




'A picture is worth a thousand words,' but a moving picture is immeasurable.

Anonymous




WHAT YOU CAN DO

EQUIP YOURSELF

Getting a grasp on the issue of human trafficking allows you to then address it responsibly.

GET PREPARED

EXPRESS YOURSELF

Report suspicious activities by calling 1-888-3737-888. Help advocate for change. Share your ideas & knowledge of the issue with your legislators, community leaders, and your own personal network.

REPORT A TIP

ENGAGE YOURSELF

Give your time, talents, skills, resources, and/or money to further combat human trafficking, e.g. buying fair trade goods or volunteering for us!

LEARN HOW