AROUND THE GLOBE
A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE THAT CONTINUES TO GROW
PEOPLE DEDICATED TO STOPPING IT
SLAVERY IS NOT DEAD. IT IS HERE IN DALLAS/FORT WORTH.
Victims are kept in many places, including:
Human trafficking, the reality of modern-day slavery, is the world's fastest growing crime. People owning other people did not end with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.
Instead, this cruel practice continues today. Slaves are found in many industries, including:
A trafficker can be male or female. In the victim's home country, the trafficker might promise a legitimate job in the United States, such as waitressing or taking care of a child. However, when the victim arrives, the reality is that she will be working in commercial sex exploitation.
Without a customer, there would be no sexual slavery. Demand fuels the commercial sex industry. Customers play a crucial role in sex trafficking, as the money they are willing to spend contributes to more victims being brought into the industry.
WHAT KEEPS INTERNATIONAL SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS IN SLAVERY?
Indirectly, other people may profit from sex trafficking. Taxi drivers sometimes get a commission for bringing customers. Hotels, clubs, bars - many businesses may benefit from commercial sex exploitation.
Traffickers use threats, intimidation and violence to prevent sex trafficking victims from escaping. Victims frequently fear for the safety of family members, as traffickers threaten to harm them if the victim runs.
Debt bondage is a common way to keep victims in slavery. Victims can't leave without paying for airline tickets, visa fees, rent, food, condoms, costumes - anything that can increase the debt. Of course, it comes with an outrageous interest rate. The debt always grows.
Victims often can't speak English or ask for help. They may be moved from city to city - many simply don't know where they are. They also have been taught to not trust police.
Per the United Nations, there are 27,000,000-30,000,000 slaves today in our world.
The United States is a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking victims.
WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
health and elder care
fairs and carnivals
peddling and begging
the hospitality industry
Unfortunately, human trafficking victims are in the United States. According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, in 2013, Texas was #2 for calls to its hotline. Texas is especially vulnerable to human trafficking because of its shared border with Mexico. Houston is a major entry point for victims, and Dallas/Fort Worth is only 4 hours to the north.