wHAT IS CHILD TRAFFICKING?
Victims of trafficking are recruited, transported, transferred, harbored or received by use of FORCE, FRAUD, or COERCION for the purpose of exploitation through labor or commercial sex acts.
CHILDREN are trafficked every day in the US and likely in YOUR COMMUNITY.
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trafficking is here
Trafficking is not just an issue that happens to people in other countries. The United States is a source and transit country, and is also considered one of the top destination points for victims of child trafficking and exploitation. Cases of human trafficking have been reported in all 50 U.S. States; anyone can be trafficked regardless of race, class, education, gender, age, or citizenship when forcefully coerced or enticed by false promises.
trafficking is profitable
Although slavery is commonly thought to be a thing of the past, human traffickers generate hundreds of billions of dollars in profits by trapping millions of people in horrific situations around the world, including here in the U.S. Traffickers use violence, threats, deception, debt bondage, and other manipulative tactics to force people to engage in commercial sex or to provide labor or services against their will.
The International Labour Organization estimates there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking:
68% of them are trapped in forced labor 55% are women and girls
26% of them are CHILDREN
trafficking is disguised
While the rapid diffusion of digital technologies like mobile phones, social networking sites, and the Internet has provided significant benefits to society, new channels and opportunities for exploitation have also emerged. Increasingly, the business of human trafficking is taking place online and over mobile phones. It could be happening right now in YOUR CHILD's bedroom.