Human trafficking is at its highest levels, which we have ever seen before and the levels are not just raising in other countries like India and Nepal but they are rising in out own country as well some experts estimate that 14,500 to 17,500 people, primarily women and children, are trafficked to the U. S. annually. In 2009, a University of Pennsylvania study estimated nearly 300,000 youth in the United States were at risk of being sexually exploited for commercial uses.
Most human trafficking in the United States occurs in New York, California, and Florida. And the victims of trafficking come from all kinds of settings either it are rural, suburban or urban surroundings. And they are little few shelters that are dedicated solely for human trafficking victims due to the misconception that it doesn’t occur in this country as often as the statics show and the overall lack of knowledge of human trafficking is one of the primary reason why people doesn’t notice it happening around them. Gracehaven House Inc)
Probably the main and most important key for eliminating human trafficking is to start recognizing it. Here are some tips for Recognizing Victims of Trafficking, Foremost the average person should be knowledgeable about the different forms of human trafficking Different forms of trafficking, starting with Sex Trafficking and the victims of sex trafficking in the united states are often found in the streets or working in establishments that offer commercial sex acts such as brothels, strip clubs, pornography production houses.
(Humantrafficking. rg)And these establishments may operate under the guise of being massage parlors, escort services, adult bookstores, modeling studios and even Bars and or strip clubs. Labor Trafficking involves people forced into indentured servitude which is basically slavery and these victims are commonly found in sweatshops (where abusive labor standards are present), commercial agricultural situations (fields, processing plants, canneries), Construction sites (particularly if public access is denied), Restaurant and custodial work and domestic situations where they are typically in employment as maids, nannies. Laura Sheahen) When attempting to identifying human trafficking you, should be looking for visible indicators human trafficking is occurring at that location. Some of these visible indicators that include the following Heavy security at the commercial establishment including barred windows, locked doors, isolated location, electronic surveillance. Women are never seen leaving the premises unless escorted.
Usually victims live at the same premises as the brothel or work site or are driven between quarters and “work” by a guard. Gracehaven House Inc) For labor trafficking, victims are often prohibited from leaving the work site, which may look like a guarded compound from the outside. Trafficking victims are kept in bondage through a combination of fear, intimidation, abuse, and psychological controls High foot traffic especially for brothels where there may be trafficked women indicated often by a stream of men arriving and leaving the premises. Laura Sheahen) In conclusion while each individual victim will have a different experience, they share common threads that may signify a life of indentured servitude. Trafficking victims live a life marked by abuse, betrayal of their basic human rights, and control under their trafficker. In addition the indicators discussed in the paper may not be enough to meet the legal standard for trafficking, but they indicate that a victim is controlled by someone else and, accordingly, the situation should be further investigated.