In general terms, human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud or coercion of an individual to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Where a person younger than 18 is induced to perform a commercial sex act, it is a crime regardless of whether there is any force, fraud or coercion. Traffickers identify and exploit victims’ vulnerabilities. They often use the internet and social media to make contact with victims.
The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally.
The International Labor Organization estimates that forced labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide.
In 2016, an estimated 1 out of 6 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child sex trafficking victims.
If you are the victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking you may feel alone, afraid and confused.
There is help available to you.
Ask for help by calling:
If you have children who are also in the trafficking situation, explain to them that it is not their responsibility to protect you. Make sure they know how to call someone for help, where to hide during a violent incident, and practice your plan of departure with them.
If the victim is outside of West Virginia, contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center’s (NHTRC) to obtain local referrals for shelter or other social services and support.
National Human Trafficking Resource Center’s 24-hour hotline: 1-888-373-7888