Using Force, Fraud or Coercion to Control
Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Human trafficking is not just sexual exploitation, but also includes labor exploitation. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of jobs or relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations.
Traffickers typically look for people who are vulnerable. Some vulnerabilities include mental or emotional vulnerability, poverty, lack of a friends, natural disasters, or political instability. Language barriers, fear of their traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement frequently keep victims from seeking help, making human trafficking a hidden crime. Exploitation of a minor for commercial sex is human trafficking, regardless of whether any form of force, fraud, or coercion was used.