Human trafficking



It's the illegal trade of human beings. It's recruitment, control, and use of people for their bodies and for their labor. Through force, fraud, and coercion, people everywhere are being bought and sold against their will–right now in the 21st century.


Slavery is violence. It's physical, verbal, and sexual abuse.

But, slavery is more  stoppable than ever. 

And that's why we're here–rallying around the world, doing the work together.




Do you suspect trafficking?

Modern-Day Slavery
Modern-Day Slavery   

There are millions enslaved in the world today. More than ever before in human history.


1% of victims are ever rescued.


It's the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world, generating more than $150 billion USD every year.




of Trafficking

 Sex trafficking:  forcing, deceiving, or coercing a person to perform a commercial sex act.

 Forced labor:  forcing a person to work in captivity for little or no pay.

 Bonded labor:  forcing a person to work for low wages to pay back an impossible debt.

 Involuntary domestic servitude:  forcing a person to work and live in the same place for little or no pay.

 Child soldiers:  forcing a child to participate in an armed force.   




They're Trafficked

When we know how victims are trafficked, we have the power to stop slavery before it starts. The following are some of the known ways survivors can be trafficked.

False Job Advertisement [+]


Sold by Family Member [+]


Loverboy [+]


Liberator [+]


Abduction [+]


Trafficked by a Friend [+]


False Immigration [+]


Other [+]



of Human Trafficking

Look for clues that identify a possible victim of modern-day slavery.


 Controlled by another person
They are accompanied by a controlling person and do not speak on his/her own behalf, but instead defer to another person.

 Controlled movement
They are transported to or from work, or live and work at the same place. They show signs that their movements are being controlled.

 Lack of earnings
They are unable to keep his or her earnings and forced to turn it over to another person. In many cases, the person owes a debt they are working to pay off.

 Foreign, unfamiliar with the native language 
They have recently arrived in the country and do not speak the native language. They may only know sex-related or labor-related words.

 Overly fearful, depressed, and submissive behavior 
They are frightened to talk to outsiders and authorities since they are closely monitored and controlled by their trafficker(s). They may be fearful, anxious, depressed, overly submissive, and may avoid eye contact.

 Bad health & malnutrition 
They may have signs of abuse or signs of being denied food, water, sleep, and/or medical care.

 Lack of official identification 
They are not in possession of their passports, identification, or legal documents.

 Signs of physical abuse 
They may have bruises, scars, and other signs of physical abuse and torture. Victims of human trafficking are often beaten in areas that will not damage their appearance, such as their lower back.

 Substance abuse
They may show signs of drug use or drug addiction. They can be forced or coerced into drug use by his/her traffickers, or turn to substance abuse to help cope with his/her enslavement.

 Lack of trust 
They may be distrustful and suspicious. A victim may act as if they distrust any person who offers them assistance or attempts to converse with them.

 Lack of personal belongings 
They may have few or no personal possessions. Signs of dependence: They may demonstrate affection, attachment, or dependence toward their abuser.

 Deceived by a false job offer 
Their actual job is different from the advertised job they had accepted.

 Feelings of being trapped 
They have expressed that they are unable to leave their living or employment situation.

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