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The Problem

 

Human trafficking is the exploitation of vulnerable people for their bodies and labor.

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The Problem

 

Human trafficking is the exploitation of vulnerable people for their bodies and labor.

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Do you suspect trafficking might be taking place?

Do you suspect trafficking might be taking place?

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Human Trafficking
 

 

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It’s the illegal trade of human beings. It’s the 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.

This is the reality: slavery is violence. It’s physical, verbal, and sexual abuse.

But, slavery is more stoppable than ever before. And that’s why we’re here, rallying around the world and doing the work together.

Human Trafficking Photo



It’s the illegal trade of human beings. It’s the 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.

This is the reality: slavery is violence. It’s physical, verbal, and sexual abuse.

But, slavery is more stoppable than ever before. And that’s why we’re here, rallying around the world and doing the work together.

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Slavery by the numbers

  

 

There are more people enslaved today than any other time in history.


There are more people enslaved today than any other time in history

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$150 billion
dollar industry


$150 billion dollar industry

 

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40.3 million people enslaved


40.3 million 
people enslaved

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71% women, 29% men, 25% children


71% women

29% men

25% children

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Slavery happens in
every country


Slavery happens in
 every country

 

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There are more people enslaved today than any other time in history.


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in the world

 

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How Trafficking Happens

 

Human trafficking is hidden, fast-growing, and complex– generating billions each year through the exploitation of millions of people.

 

 

Human trafficking is hidden, fast-growing, & complex– generating billions each year through the exploitation of millions of people.


Unless there’s intervention, the cycle will continue.

 

 

 

       

     

Unless there’s intervention, the cycle will continue.

Learn more about what our solution to combat the cycle of human trafficking.

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We know how to stop the cycle of trafficking.
And with your help, we will.

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TYPES OF Trafficking

 

Now more than ever, human beings are
exploited for their bodies and labor.

  

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Labor TraffickinG

Forcing a person to work in captivity for little or no pay.

 

 

 

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Sex TraffickinG

Forcing, deceiving, or coercing a person to perform a commercial sex act. 

 

  

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From forced labor and forced marriage, to child soldiers and domestic servitude, human trafficking takes a lot of forms. But together, we will abolish all of them for good.
 

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From forced labor and forced marriage, to child soldiers and domestic servitude, human trafficking takes a lot of forms. But together, we will abolish all of them for good.
 

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Know the Signs

 

Controlled by another person

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

 

Lack of Earnings

They are unable to keep his or her earnings: it is “withheld for safekeeping.” In many cases, the person owes a debt they are working to pay off.

   

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.

   

Lack of Official Identification

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

   

Substance Abuse

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

   

Lack of Personal Belongings

They may have few or no personal possessions.

   

Deceived by a False Job Offer

Their actual job is different from the advertised job they had accepted.

  

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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.

  

Foreign, Unfamiliar with the Language

They have recently arrived in the country and do not speak the language of the country—or they only know sex-related or labor-related words.

  

Bad health AND malnutrition

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

  

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.

  

Lack of Trust

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

   

Signs of Dependence

They may demonstrate affection, attachment, or dependence toward their abuser.

   

Feelings of Being Trapped

They feel that they are unable to leave their current situation.

    

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Do you know what to do if you suspect trafficking is taking place?

Hotline Directory

 

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Do you know what to do if you suspect trafficking taking place?

 Hotline Directory 

 

 

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Who does it affect?

 

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All over the world, human beings are being exploited. But what does every victim of human trafficking have in common? Vulnerability.

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All over the world, human beings are being exploited. But what does every victim of human trafficking have in common? Vulnerability.

Ong's Family
 
Meet Ong*

 
A child forced to beg on the streets is now safe with a loving family.

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A young woman who is now free and testifying in court against her traffickers.
 
Meet Maria*

 
A young woman who is now free and testifying in court against her traffickers.

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A young boy who saved his grandma from slavery.
 
Meet Alexander*

 
A young boy who saved his grandma from slavery.

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A highschool student who fell in love in the USA.
 
Meet Jenny*

 
A highschool student who fell in love in the USA experiences restoration.

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Ong's Story 

Ong had been used for begging since he was born. He was often spotted early mornings and late evenings crying alone on the street with a change bowl. Sometimes he was carried around by other children begging to tourists crossing the border from Cambodia to Thailand. His body was covered in bruises and scratches. Hundreds of people would walk past him every day while crossing the border.

But now, Ong is free and in the care of a loving family. All because of your support.   

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Maria's Story

For years, Maria was trafficked for sex. Until one day, she bravely escaped. On the run, Maria was spotted by a woman who became aware of human trafficking through one of our awareness posters. The woman called our hotline and the police conducted a raid to rescue others.

Today, Maria is free and your support helped provide healing and restoration

 

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Alexander's Story

Thank you for saving my grandma!” This is what a young boy attending one of our kids camps in Ukraine had told us. Alexander had attended our camp the previous year and told his family about human trafficking.  

His grandma later received a job offer from abroad—but his parents suggested she contact A21 to make sure it was safe. It turned out that the contract was unsafe and his grandma declined the job. What could have ended in slavery, ended in protection and freedom becuse one 13-year-old boy became aware.

 

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Jenny's Story

Jenny was only 15 when she met her trafficker. She was using social media, when one day, a cute older guy contacted her and showed interest. After a month, he said he wanted to keep dating her and  buying her gifts—but she had to do something for him. That’s when he asked her to have sex with a man for money.

Today, she is free—and with more awareness, more lives like her will be spared.

 

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Can You See Me?

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Trafficking scenarios, depicted by actors, to provide real-life
examples of what trafficking may look like.

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