What is Human Trafficking

collage showing farm workers, factory worker and money exchanging hands with a girl in the backgroundChildren can be victims of human trafficking regardless of their citizenship, residency, or alien or immigrant status.  In Florida, when a report is accepted to at the Florida abuse hotline, maltreatment codes are captured that apply to two types of human trafficking: Sex and labor trafficking.  

Sex trafficking is defined as a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion or in which the person induced to perform such act is under 18. Commercial sex acts include, but are not limited to prostitution and/or pornography as a means for the perpetrator to make money. The mere fact the victim is a child and the act meets the definition of a commercial sex act, makes the child a victim.

Labor trafficking is defined as he recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion, for the purpose of subjecting that person to involuntary servitude, peonage (where someone is held against their will to pay off a debt), debt bondage, or slavery. Forced labor may result when unscrupulous employers exploit workers who are vulnerable due to high rates of unemployment, poverty, crime, discrimination, corruption, political conflict, citizenship status or cultural acceptance of the practice. Victims of domestic servitude generally have an informal workplace such a home, which often socially isolates domestic workers from the community. That type of informal workplace is conducive to exploitation since authorities cannot inspect private property as easily as they can inspect formal workplaces.

Human trafficking affects all sectors of our community and victims can be found in plain sight if we learn to identify the signs and take the time to look. Find out more about the warning signs of human trafficking.