It is the fastest growing crime in the world with more than 40 million victims worldwide. People are trafficked for labor or sex through force, fraud and coercion.
It can happen anywhere to anyone. Traffickers target and exploit the vulnerabilities of their victims. Vulnerabilities can include age, socioeconomic status, immigration status, low self-esteem, lack of an adequate support system, previous abuse, and more.
Victims may be deceived by traffickers with the promise of love, a better life, a job, protection, or whatever need or desire they have. Often victims don't recognize what's happening or that help is available.
We believe, when everyone does their part, all this can change.