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“Human trafficking is the intentional forcing of another into slavery.”

— Asa Don Brown

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“In reality, victims of human trafficking are often left voiceless and completely unseen by society.”

— Elise Stefanik

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“Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery. It is a scourge for humanity, and America must project its values and protect vulnerable persons.”

— Jeff Fortenberry

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“Our duty as concerned citizens is to educate ourselves so that we can recognize and report trafficking to the proper authorities.”

— Chris Hansen

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“In Las Vegas, the average trafficking victim is as young as 14. We must act to prevent this disturbing criminal activity from occurring in our communities.”

— Jacky Rosen

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“We all have our own narrative of what human trafficking is supposed to be, but if you do a little researching, human trafficking happens, in many different forms and shapes, right in our backyard.”

— Du Yun

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“Selling the commodity of humans has to be the biggest business out there, as it is the most lucrative. I cannot go to sleep at night, unless I know that I am using all of my platforms to fight human trafficking.”

— Jeannie Mai

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“Under many current state laws, minors who have been victims of trafficking are charged as criminals and go to juvenile detention as offenders.”

— Bill Flores

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  • A trafficked victim may be subjected to various conditions of modern day slavery such as forced labor, involuntary servitude, debt bondage or peonage.
    American Civil Liberties Union 
  • It’s estimated that internationally there are between 20 million and 40 million people in modern slavery today.
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  • COVID-19 generated conditions that increased the number of people who experienced vulnerabilities to human trafficking and interrupted existing and planned anti-trafficking interventions
    U.S. State Department
  • In 2018, over half of the criminal human trafficking cases active in the US were sex trafficking cases involving only children.
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  • In 2021, reports from several countries demonstrated drastic increases in online commercial sexual exploitation and online sex trafficking.
    U.S. State Department
  • Globally, an estimated 71% of enslaved people are women and girls, while men and boys account for 29%.
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Some Major Human Trafficking
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  • The international scale of human trafficking makes it difficult to even wrap one’s mind around. Human trafficking in the U.S. looks different than human trafficking looks in Uganda. Understanding the many nuances of how this crime takes place in different countries is both vital to solving the problem and extremely difficult. The nature of the crime also depends greatly on what kind of trafficking is taking place. Sex trafficking is different than trafficking humans for labor, and both are different than trafficking for the purpose of harvesting organs. Understanding and dealing with these differences is extremely important.
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Recognizing key indicators of human trafficking is the first step in identifying victims and can help save a life. Here are some common indicators to help recognize human trafficking. 

  • Does the person appear disconnected from family, friends or community organizations?
  • Has a child stopped attending school?
  • Has the person had a sudden or dramatic change in behavior?
  • Is the person disoriented or confused, or showing signs of mental or physical abuse?
  • Does the person have bruises in various stages of healing?
  • Is the person fearful, timid or submissive?
  • Does the person show signs of having been denied food, water, sleep or medical care?
  • Is the person often in the company of someone to whom he or she defers to? Or someone who seems to be in control of the situation, i.e., where they go or who they talk to?
  • Does the person appear to be coached on what to say?
  • Does the person lack personal possessions and appear not to have a stable living situation?
  • Does the person have freedom of movement? Can the person freely leave where they live? Are there unreasonable security measures?

Not all indicators listed above are present in every human trafficking situation and the presence or absence of any of the indicators is not necessarily proof of human trafficking.

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This online Referral Directory is made up of anti-trafficking organizations and programs that offer emergency, transitional, or long-term services to victims and survivors of human trafficking as well as those that provide resources and opportunities in the anti-trafficking field.

Remembering Nhu is a nonprofit committed to ending child sex slavery through prevention. It currently has 109 homes for children in 16 countries and have prevented over 2,200 children from being sold.

They are ending child sex slavery through prevention: One child at a time, one family at a time, one village at a time. Find out how prevention is the most effective way to keep children safe and end child sex slavery.

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This video was produced as a part of The CNN Freedom Project in order to raise awareness about the presence of trafficking in the United States. The video places particular emphasis on how young victims are treated within the American justice system. Teenagers caught in the sex trafficking industry often face prostitution charges and other legal backlash rather than being treated as victims of abusive traffickers. Jada Pinkett Smith engages in intimate conversations with girls who were lured into the sex trafficking industry and the women who helped them escape their traffickers and create a safe, fulfilling life for themselves. 

Where to WatchCNN Freedom Project

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 Nelufar Hedayat travels to all corners of the earth to talk with victims of trafficking, trafficking survivors, traffickers, and those who purchase trafficked goods and people. In one episode, Hedayat talks with individuals who have been victims of the industry of kidney harvesting, those who harvest the kidneys, and those who have knowingly purchased trafficked kidneys in an effort to preserve their lives. This documentary series is notable for its ability to invite viewers into the mindsets of traffickers — some of whom were forced to drive others into the trafficking industry.

Where to Watch: Apple TV+

Each episode focuses on a different industry in which human trafficking is present, including dairy farms, avocado plantations, and sugar cane harvesting. The series not only exposes the abuse workers endure within these industries but also discusses other issues that are interconnected with the trafficking industry. If you want to learn more about how labor laws, environmental concerns, and consumerism interact with human trafficking, Rotten will provide valuable insights into how our everyday purchases relate to slavery.
Where to Watch: Netflix

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