What is it?
"Human trafficking is the business of stealing freedom for profit. In some cases, traffickers trick, defraud or physically force victims into providing commercial sex. In others, victims are lied to, assaulted, threatened or manipulated into working under inhumane, illegal or otherwise unacceptable conditions. It is a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 24.9 million people around the world." definition via
Human Traffickers often use certain risk factors to their advantage to cause dependency in their victims. Some of these factors may include, but isn't limited to; mental health diagnoses, recent migration, substance use, being a runaway or homeless youth, and more. Although these are common risks to trafficking, anyone can fall victim regardless of race, gender, and ethnicity. Human Traffickers themselves also range in all demographics, some using privilege, wealth, and power as means to control their victims, and others in the same social and economic status as their victims.