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.