Human Trafficking: Understanding and Prevention
Updated: Apr 11
Human trafficking is one of the most significant human rights abuses in current society. So, what is human trafficking? What are the warning signs? How can we prevent it? And what community resources are available to help? Let us dive in and see!
What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is: the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery, drugs, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others.
For example, a child sold or abducted; and/or a child forced into child labor, begging, prostitution, marriage, or drug selling is human trafficking.
Human trafficking can also go as far as the selling and harvesting of humans’ organs, putting humans in cages, or shipping humans on a boat into slavery situations.
Also, to dispel false notions, it's important to say that:
83% of human trafficking victims are born and raised in the USA. This means that the overabundance of trafficking survivors are being tracked, trained and recruited right here in our backyard.
- 50% of all trafficking victims are 16 or younger when recruited (with orphaned, abandoned, or fostered teens being the most targeted).
- Approximately, 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked in the United States annually.
- In our area of Rock County Wisconsin, the most common types of trafficking are sex trafficking and drug trafficking.
(You can learn more about the statistics of human trafficking here.)
How do predators groom?
Anyone can be a groomer, and grooming a victim can take place for years or for short periods of time.