Human Trafficking is a form of
§ Victims of trafficking are exploited for commercial sex or labor purposes.
§ Traffickers use force, fraud or coercion to recruit, harbor, transport, obtain, or employ a person(s). Force includes rape, beatings, constraint, and confinement. Fraud includes false and deceptive offers of employment, marriage, or a better life.
Coercion includes threats of serious harm to, or physical restraint of, any person; any scheme, plan or pattern intended to cause victims to believe that failure to perform an act would result in restraint against them; or the abuse or threatened abuse of the legal process.
§ The crime of trafficking occurs with the exploitation of the victim; physical movement is not a requisite and not limited to the international community. Everyday thousands are trafficked over and within the US borders.
§ Trafficking is also not limited to a specific gender, race, or age; children as young as 5 have been rescued from cold vacant warehouses transformed into modern-day brothels.
After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms trade as the second largest criminal industry in the world, and it is the fastest growing.