Sex Trafficking is a form of modern day slavery and occurs when a trafficker uses force, threats, fraud, manipulation, lies, and violence to engage a man, woman or child in a commercial sex act. Many victims are lured in by their trafficker and don’t realize they are trapped until it is too late. Often goods such as money, drugs, a place to sleep, food, or clothing are exchanged. The victim may compromise their safety in order to meet their basic needs including a need for affection and acceptance.
Under U.S. federal law, any minor under the age of 18 years induced into commercial sex is a victim of sex trafficking—regardless of whether or not the trafficker used force, fraud, or coercion. *the average age that a prostitute reports entering prostitution is between the ages of 12-14 years
Labor Trafficking is a form of modern day slavery in which the labor of a man, woman, or child by use of threat or force, physical restraint, manipulation, serious harm, or abuse of legal process. Examples can include but are not limited to: withholding documents, absent wages, physical abuse, psychological manipulation, and reputational deceit.
In the United States, common types of labor trafficking include people forced to work in homes as domestic servants, farmworkers coerced through violence as they harvest crops, or factory workers held in inhumane conditions. Labor trafficking has also been reported in door-to-door sales crews, restaurants, construction work, carnivals, and even health and beauty services.