Human trafficking -modern day slavery- is an evil that impacts thousands of victims globally, but together we can work to eradicate this and contribute to the rehabilitation of its victims.
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Myths vs Reality of Human Trafficking
MYTH: People being trafficked are physically unable to leave their situations/locked in/held against their will.
REALITY: That is sometimes the case. More often, however, people in trafficking situations stay for reasons that are more complicated. Some lack the basic necessities to physically get out – such as transportation or a safe place to live. Some are afraid for their safety. Some have been so effectively manipulated that they do not identify at that point as being under the control of another person.
MYTH: Human trafficking victims are only foreign nationals and those who are poor.
REALITY: Human trafficking victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. They may also come from any socioeconomic group. There is no consistent victim type. Men, women and children, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, education level, and socio-economic status can be victim to human trafficking.
MYTH: Human trafficking and human smuggling are the same.
REALITY: Human trafficking and human smuggling are not the same thing. “Smuggling” involves the movement across borders, whereas “trafficking” is based on exploitation and does not require movement across borders. It is important to note that human smuggling often occurs within human trafficking.
MYTH: Human trafficking is always or usually a violent crime.
REALITY: The most pervasive myth about human trafficking is that it often involves kidnapping or physically forcing someone into a situation. In reality, most traffickers use psychological means such as, tricking, defrauding, manipulating or threatening victims into providing commercial sex or exploitative labor. (Source: Polaris Project)
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.
Discover more information about the realities of human trafficking here: https://polarisproject.org/myths-facts-and-statistics/
So, What Can You Do?
Donate your time or money to a local anti-trafficking organization
Pledge to having a conversation with someone (friend, family member, colleague, etc.) about the reality of human trafficking
Commit to educating yourself and learning more. Here are some great resources to start:
8. Watch: “What I’ve Been Through is Not Who I Am” documentary by EPCAT USA (free on YouTube)