Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world after drug dealing, and is the fastest growing. Many victims of trafficking are made to engage in prostitution, pornography or exotic dancing. But trafficking also occurs in forms of labor exploitation, such as domestic servitude or restaurant work, sweatshop factory or migrant agricultural work.
Force, fraud and coercion are the methods used by traffickers to press victims into lives of servitude and abuse:
Victims of trafficking may look like many of the people coming to your organization for assistance everyday. Victims are young children, teenagers, men and women. By looking beneath the surface and asking yourself these questions, you can help identify potential victims:
If you suspect someone is a victim of trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1.888.3737.888 to obtain information and to access supportive services through the Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Protection Act of 2000 (TVPRA). This hotline will help victims safely and securely rebuild their lives by connecting them to basic services including:
Victims of human trafficking who are non-U.S. citizens are eligible to receive benefits and services through the TVPRA to the same extent as refugees. Victims who are U.S. citizens are already eligible to receive many of these benefits.