Tools That Teach: What is Human Trafficking?
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Tools That Teach: What is Human Trafficking?

♪ ♪ What is human trafficking? Human trafficking is modern day slavery. It is the exploitation of a person
through force, fraud, or coercion. Human smuggling and human
trafficking are different crimes. Human smuggling is the illegal
movement of someone across a border. Human trafficking is the illegal
exploitation of a person. Human trafficking is about
exploitation, not transportation. Human trafficking is a
highly profitable crime, and a violation of human rights. It occurs in every part of the world, including here in the United States. It happens in our big cities, our suburbs, and even in rural towns. It can happen to anyone. Human trafficking victims
can be U.S. citizens or from other countries. Victims can be any age, race, or gender. But one thing they share is that they
are vulnerable to being exploited. There are different types of
human trafficking, including sex trafficking, forced labor,
and domestic servitude. Sex trafficking victims are manipulated
or forced against their will to engage in sex acts for money. Sex traffickers might use violence, threats,
manipulation, or the promise of love and affection to lure victims. Truck stops, hotel rooms, rest areas, street
corners, clubs, private residences… These are just some of the places
where victims are forced to sell sex. Any person under the age of 18
involved in a commercial sex act is considered a victim of human
trafficking. NO EXCEPTIONS! Forced labor takes on many forms. It happens here in the U.S. and overseas. Through force, fraud, or coercion victims are made to work
for little or no pay. Very often these victims
are forced to manufacture or grow the products we use
and consume every day. Victims of forced labor
can be found in factories and farms, doing
construction work and more. Victims of domestic servitude
are hidden in plain sight. Forced to work in homes
across the United States. Their traffickers sometimes take
their identification papers and travel documents in order
to limit their freedom. They are prisoners working as
nannies, maids, or domestic help. Every year in the United States, thousands of human trafficking cases are
reported, but many more go unnoticed. That’s because human
trafficking is a hidden crime. Victims might be afraid to come
forward, or we may not recognize the signs, even if it’s
happening right in front of us. We need to bring this
crime out of the shadows. That’s why the Department of Homeland
Security created the Blue Campaign. To take a stand against modern day slavery. And help combat this
heinous crime by raising awareness of human trafficking
around the country. But we can’t do it alone. We need your help. So what can you do to
stop human trafficking? Visit the Blue Campaign website
to learn more about the signs and indicators
of human trafficking. Share this video on social media to help
bring this crime out of the shadows. Be an informed consumer. Know who makes the products
you buy and the food you eat to help keep slavery tainted
items out of your home. And finally recognize and report
suspected human trafficking. You can submit a tip to federal law
enforcement online or by phone. For victim support you
can call or text the National Human Trafficking
Resource Center. Help us bring this crime out of
the shadows and into the light. Join the Blue Campaign. One Voice. One Mission. End Human Trafficking. ♪ ♪

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