Human trafficking is slavery.


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.

But phrases like ‘slavery’ and ‘human trafficking’ can still feel ambiguous. This is the reality: slavery is violence. It’s physical, verbal, and sexual abuse. It’s forced prostitution. It’s barbaric working conditions.

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









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There are MILLIONS of people enslaved
in the world today.


More than ever before in HUMAN HISTORY.





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Human trafficking is the
fastest-growing criminal
industry in the world,
generating more than
$150 billion USD

every year.



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Types of Trafficking



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Sex Trafficking

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




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Forced Labor

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




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Bonded Labor

Forcing a person to work for low wages to pay back an impossible debt.




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Involuntary Domestic Servitude

Forcing a person to work and live in the same place for little or no pay.




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Child Soldiery

Forcing a child to participate in an armed force.



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How They're Trafficked

Traffickers use different methods to recruit victims.

When we know how they are
trafficked, we are given the power
to stop slavery before it starts.


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 Known Ways A21 Survivors were
trafficked globally

1. False Job Advertisement

2. Sold by Family

3. Loverboy

4. Other

5. Abduction

6. Trafficked by Friend

7. False Immigration   

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



Signs of Human


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.

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: it is “withheld for safekeeping.” In many cases, the person owes a debt they are working to pay off.

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.

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.

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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 or her traffickers, or turn to substance abuse to help cope with his or her enslavement.

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.

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 feel that they are unable to leave their current situation.

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If you suspect it,

report it.


Click the country below twice to call for help or to report trafficking.

Don't see your country? It's vital that you contact local authorities immediately.

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For more information on the global hotlines, visit the CNN Freedom Project.



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