Human Traffic Watch

Sex and labor trafficking in the U.S.: A Q & A on the 21st century slave trade

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on March 9, 2013 at 10:50 am

Filipinos demonstrate outside the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration in Mandaluyong City, east of Manila, Philippines, on Feb. 21, 2013. Labor rights group ‘Migrante’ (Migrant) called for intensified government efforts against human trafficking and employer abuse of overseas Filipino workers.

What do people misunderstand about human trafficking?

The biggest misunderstanding is that it only happens somewhere else, not on U.S. soil. Not true. Modern-day slavery happens right here, in the most free and democratic country in the world. People think victims are complicit in their own exploitation. With sex trafficking, people think that “they’re just prostitutes.”

All sex trafficking victims have been forced, defrauded or coerced. A child cannot consent to his own sexual exploitation. With foreign nationals, people think they’re essentially illegal immigrants who have been smuggled in because they wanted to be. That’s not the case. They have been forced against their will to work here, and that is clearly a violation of U.S. and international law.

Source: NJ


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