All of the following facts came from the International Labor Organization, Human Trafficking Institution, The National Human Trafficking Hotline and The Department of Justice
Human trafficking requires the use of all or one of the following to secure any type of labor or commercial sex act, FORCE, FRAUD, or COERCION!
Top Myths related to Human Trafficking
You don’t have to be transported across state lines or even transported to another country. While this is an occurrences and does happen its not the only way that survivors are lured and forced into the lifestyle.
Myth: It’s a Violent Crime
Reality: By far the most pervasive myth about human trafficking is that it always or often will involve kidnapping. The reality is most human traffickers use psychological means like tricking, defrauding, manipulating or threatening victims into providing commercial sex or exploitative labor.
Myth: All Human Trafficking Involves Commercial Sex
Reality: Human trafficking is the use of force, fraud or coercion to get another person to provide labor or commercial sex. Worldwide, experts believe there are more situations of labor trafficking than of sex trafficking.
Myth: Only Women and Girls are victims of Sex Trafficking
Reality: One study estimates that as many as half of sex trafficking victims and survivors are male. Male victims are far less likely to be identified. LGBTQ boys and young men are seen as particularly vulnerable to trafficking.
Myth: Human Trafficking involves moving, traveling or transporting a Victim Across State or National Borders
Reality: Human trafficking is often confused with human smuggling, which involves illegal border crossings. Human trafficking does not require any movement. Survivors can be recruited and trafficked in their own towns, even their own homes.
Myth: All Commercial Sex is Human Trafficking
Reality: All commercial sex involving a minor is legally considered human trafficking. Commercial sex involving an adult is human trafficking if the person providing commercial sex is doing so against his or her will as a result of force, fraud or coercion.
Myth: People Being Trafficked are Physically Unable to Leave Their Situations
Reality: That is sometimes the case. However, people in trafficking situations stay for reasons that are sometimes more complicated. Lack the basic necessities to physically get out, afraid for their safety, or even effective manipulation from their trafficker that the survivor does not identify as being under the control of another person.
Myth: Traffickers Target Victims They Don’t Know
Reality: Many survivors have been trafficked by romantic partners, including spouses, and by family members, including parents.
Higher At Risk Victims: Prostitutes, adult performers, individuals from broken homes, your economic status, immigration status, drug addicts, homelessness, runaways or the foster care system