HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Saffiatu Johnson


Human trafficking is a crime that forcefully exploits women, men, and children of all ages. Every year, millions of people are trafficked around the world, including in our own neighborhoods. Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world, second only to drug trafficking.According to the United Nations, human trafficking affects every country in the world, but it’s not talked about enough. So we’re talking about it. 
 
     Traffickers employ a variety of control tactics. The most common include physical and emotional abuse and threats, isolation from friends and family, and economic abuse. They make promises aimed at addressing the needs of their target in order to impose full control. As a result, victims become trapped and fear leaving, for myriad reasons, including psychological trauma, shame, emotional attachment, or physical threats to themselves or their family. 
 
Here are some important facts:
 
– Many people who fall victim of trafficking want to escape poverty, improve their lives, and support their families. 
– Often they get an offer of a well-paid job abroad or in another region. Often they borrow money from their traffickers in advance to pay for arranging the job, travel and accommodation.
– When they arrive they find that the work they applied for does not exist, or the conditions are completely different. But it’s too late, their documents are often taken away and they are forced to work until their debt is paid off. Human trafficking is different. The trafficker is moving a person for exploitation. There is no need to cross an international border. Human trafficking occurs at a national level, or even within one community.
 

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Resources: https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-human-trafficking
https://oag.dc.gov/public-safety/human-trafficking-initiatives/human-trafficking-fact-sheet

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