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  • Get the Facts

    Human Trafficking differs in scenarios, but there are patterns of how traffickers target, groom, manipulate and overpower their victims. It is important to know what is rumor and what is reality when it comes to human trafficking so we know what to look for and how to stop traffickers from preying on men, women and children.

Rumor vs. Reality



Rumor

Human Trafficking is not in my community.

Reality

Human trafficking cases have been reported throughout the United States.

In fact, Florida ranks 3rd in the number of calls into the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

Rumor

Trafficking victims are usually foreign-born or always immigrants from other countries.

Reality

Many trafficking victims are US citizens – men, women, and children.

Rumor

Human trafficking victims always come from situations of poverty or from rural villages.

Reality

Poverty alone is not a causal factor or universal indicator of a human trafficking victim.

Rumor

Victims of human trafficking will immediately ask for help or self-identify as a victim of a crime.

Reality

Victims of human trafficking often do not immediately seek help or self-identify as victims of a crime. It is a misconception that all victims of human trafficking are physically restrained and/or not free to leave. Trafficking does not require physical restraint, bodily harm, or physical force.

Rumor

People being trafficked are physically unable to leave their situations, locked in, or 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.

Rumor

Human trafficking only occurs in illegal underground industries.

Reality

Trafficking has and can occur in legal and legitimate business settings as well as underground markets.

Rumor

Traffickers typically abduct victims by forcing them into a vehicle.

Reality

Traffickers often build relationships with their victims before harming them. Many survivors have been trafficked by romantic partners, including spouses, and by family members, including parents.

Rumor

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.

Rumor

Human trafficking is another term for human smuggling.

Reality

Smuggling is a crime against a country’s borders. Human trafficking is a crime against a person.

Rumor

Human trafficking involves moving, traveling, or transporting a person across state or national borders.

Reality

Human trafficking is often confused with human smuggling, which involves illegal border crossings. In fact, the crime of human trafficking does not require any movement whatsoever. Survivors can be recruited and trafficked in their own hometowns, even in their own homes.

Rumor

Labor trafficking is only a problem in developing countries.

Reality

Labor trafficking occurs in the US and in other developed countries but is reported at a lower rate than sex trafficking.

Rumor

Sex trafficking is the only form of human trafficking.

Reality

Human trafficking is the use of force, fraud, or coercion to get another person to provide labor or commercial sex. Worldwide, experts believe there are more situations of labor trafficking than of sex trafficking, but there is a much wider awareness of sex trafficking in the US than of labor trafficking.




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