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Human Trafficking

Updated on March 1, 2013
The numbers shown are the current number of human trafficking active cases
The numbers shown are the current number of human trafficking active cases
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Another term for human trafficking is slavery. In today's world, it is often hidden and can apply to all types of people of any race, color or gender. It is not just forced prostitution. Victims of trafficking may also be in forced labor situations (nannies or maids), sweatshop workers, janitors, restaurant workers, migrant farm workers, hotel and tourist workers.

A victim can look like any person. But, look for some clues, like: evidence of being controlled or the inability to move or leave a job, bruises or signs of battering, depression, non-English speaking, recently arrived from Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America, Canada, Africa or India, or if they lack having a passport or identification papers.

The traffickers use various techniques to keep their victims. Some lock them up, all take the passport. Some create a debt bondage, where the victim remains a slave until the loan is paid (which never happens). Most keep the victim isolated from outsiders and if contact occurs, they are watched. Most are also threatened with abuse or their loved ones are and any money they earn is kept by their master. If they do not speak the local language, that also keeps them in line.

Here are some good questions to ask anyone suspected of being a victim:

  1. Can you leave your job or situation if you want?
  2. Can you come and go as you please?
  3. Have you been threatened if you try to leave?
  4. Have you been physically harmed?
  5. What are your working conditions like?
  6. Where do you eat and sleep?
  7. Do you have a bed or sleep on the floor?
  8. Have you been deprived of food, water, sleep?
  9. Do you ask permission to eat, sleep or go to the restroom?
  10. Are there locks on your doors and windows?
  11. Has anyone threatened your family?
  12. Has your identification papers been taken?
  13. Is anyone forcing you to do something you do not not want to do?

If you suspect a person of being a victim, call 1-888-3737-888. This is the hotline.

Note: 70 cases in SF, 53 in LA.
Note: 70 cases in SF, 53 in LA.


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    • someonewhoknows profile image

      someonewhoknows 4 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      Like I've said many times corruption is everywhere!

    • perrya profile image

      perrya 5 years ago

      The BEST movie on this subject based on a true story about UN peacekeepers in Bosnia is, The Whistleblower. Rent it on DVD, it is shocking because the soldiers of the UN were the traffickers.

    • torrilynn profile image

      torrilynn 5 years ago

      Hi perrya,

      thanks for the info. on human

      trafficking and how it must be stopped

      and how something should at least be

      done about it. thanks again.

      voted up.

    • Paul Kuehn profile image

      Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      This is an interesting and useful hub about human trafficking. Bangkok is a major transist point in human trafficking from China and Southeast Asia. It is so easy here for the alien smugglers to bribe for fake passports, and, of course, so many immigration officials take bribes. If there wasn't so much corruption, there wouldn't be so much human trafficking. Voted up and sharing.