Posted by: maboulette | April 15, 2011


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Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. As defined under U.S. federal law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of “labor or services,” such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will. The factors that each of these situations have in common are elements of force, fraud, or coercion that are used to control people.  Then, that control is tied to inducing someone into commercial sex acts, or labor or services.  Numerous people in the field have summed up the concept of human trafficking as “compelled service.”  Every year, human traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits by victimizing millions of people around the world, and here in the United States.  Human trafficking is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. Click here to access human trafficking resource packs.

Sex trafficking occurs when people are forced or coerced into the commercial sex trade against their will.  Child sex trafficking includes any child involved in commercial sex.  Sex traffickers frequently target vulnerable people with histories of abuse and then use violence, threats, lies, false promises, debt bondage, or other forms of control and manipulation keep victims involved in the sex industry.  Sex trafficking exists within the broader commercial sex trade, often at much larger rates than most people realize or understand.  Sex trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues of the overall sex industry, including residential brothels, hostess clubs, online escort services, brothels disguised as massage parlorsstrip clubs, and street prostitution. For sex trafficking resource packs, click here.

Trafficking Hot Line – 1-888-3737-888

Polaris Project  – Named after the North Star that guided slaves towards freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project has been providing a comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery since 2002. 


  1. A very nice article! It is very informative. I was not aware of how the Polaris Project arrived at its name. I like it! 🙂

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  5. As a victim of sexual slavery, it’s been my life’s mission to end this shameful trade in human beings. “If there is no money (USD 9.5 billion) generated each year, it will end.
    Modern-day slavery is an even bigger problem that it was during the years of legalized slave trade from Africa to the Americas.It’s an epidemic.
    My first step is trying to make a “dent” in this unconscionable practice is my recently founded: Slavery-Reporting Centre: Anyone who suspects a person is being held captive, can file a report. The information will be linked to law enforcement and the person filing can request they remain a confidential source.
    Please go to my website for further information because I believe in the “power” of the individual and collectively we can help those who have no voice of their own.
    I would like to quote Frederick Douglas: “We should all be ashamed to be free while his brother is a slave.”
    Lucia Mann, journalist and author.

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