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Facing The Problem

Many Americans think human trafficking is something that happens "over there" -- a place far away where people live in unimaginable poverty. While that is a part of the picture of those who are often trafficked, human trafficking is likely occurring in your own hometown, and most definitely in your closest city.

Men, women and children are lured by the false promises of their traffickers and find themselves exploited and forced into the sex trade, their every movement controlled by people who don't see them as valuable human beings, but as sex objects to be used and discarded once they've fulfilled their purpose as sex workers in a multi-billion dollar industry.

Traffickers look for individuals who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic instability, lack of a social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability. Similar to victims of domestic violence, survivors of the trauma caused by their traffickers may not even identify themselves as victims or ask for help, even in highly public settings.