When trafficking victims are treated as criminals the trafficker is proved right, reinforcing their position as the one person the trafficking victim can trust.
Traffickers may exploit existing vulnerabilities such as poverty or immigration status, or may create vulnerability by threatening harm to family members of forcing drug use to create dependency.
Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery is the second most profitable criminal enterprise on the planet, eclipsing all illegal gun and arm sales worldwide. Current projections indicate that Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery will become the number one criminal enterprise within 3 to 5 years. This means that Human Trafficking and Sexual slavery will be the number one producing criminal enterprise in the world. Illegal drugs, arms and gun sales will pale in comparison to the amount of money which can be made by enslaving human beings.
Slavery is illegal worldwide.
Sexual exploitation and forced labor are the most common forms of trafficking worldwide.
Human Trafficking is, at its core, a fundamental denial of basic human rights. It is rooted in exercising control and ownership over a person. Human trafficking does NOT mean movement, the term trafficking actually means being forced, coerced or threatened to do something that you do not want to do. Trafficker’s often threaten people’s families as a method of enslavement.
I recently spoke at Hill Air Force Base about Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery. This presentation was about what Human Trafficking is and what it is not. The presentation was approximately an hour and a half. It was a great exchange of questions and answers that illuminate how great the problem is, not only on a world wide level but in our on state as well. I am grateful to Hill Air Force Base for allowing me to come do this presentation.