Did you know human trafficking victims are often recruited by someone close to them, like a family member or caregiver?
Did you know that human trafficking does NOT have to involve moving someone across borders?
Human trafficking is not the same as smuggling. “Trafficking” is based on exploitation and does not require movement across borders. “Smuggling” is based on movement and involves moving a person across a country’s border with that person’s consent in violation of immigration laws. Although human smuggling is very different from human trafficking, human smuggling can turn into trafficking if the smuggler uses force, fraud, or coercion to hold people against their will for the purposes of labor or sexual exploitation. Under federal law, every minor induced to engage in commercial sex is a victim of human trafficking.
Learn more about trafficking myths and misconceptions https://go.dhs.gov/Z49