Human Trafficking is the world's second largest criminal enterprise behind the narcotics trade. Unsuspecting United States citizens, including children, are coerced, kidnapped, and sold into slavery by the false promises of employment and a better life. They are held against their will and forced into lives of illicit sex or labor. Human traffickers are profiting an estimated $32 billion a year in the global market.
U.S. Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crime has awarded the San Antonio Rape Crisis Center, in partnership with the San Antonio Police Department, the Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking grant to strengthen their efforts against sex and labor trafficking in the San Antonio area.
Myth: Trafficking Only Happens in Other Countries,
Not in the United States
It happens every single day in America. According to Polaris Project, there are 100,000 to 300,000 children prostituted in America with many more at risk.
Myth: Human Trafficking and Human Smuggling are the Same
Trafficking is the recruiting, transporting, harboring, or receiving of a person through force, fraud, or coercion, in order to exploit him or her for prostitution, forced labor, or slavery. Human smuggling on the other hand, is the transport of an individual from one destination to another, usually with his or her consent - for example across a border.
Myth: Human Trafficking Only Refers to Forced Prostitution
Human trafficking does not always equal prostitution - it can include indentured servitude, or other exploitation in the workforce (in factories or on farms), and even the organ trade.
Myth: Victims of Human Trafficking Will Seek Help Immediately
Victims deal with self-blame, depression, and lack of trust as a result of human trafficking. It may take them a long time to have the courage to report their situation or seek help.
Myth: Only Women and Girls are Trafficked
Since men and young boys often remain invisible in the trafficking dialogue, they often get much less attention than trafficked women do. It is also assumed they are only trafficked for labor. Click here to read the article "Exploited boys are too often failed".
Myth: Human Trafficking Only Occurs in Illegal Underground Industries
Elements of human trafficking can be identified whenever the means of force, fraud, or coercion induce a person to perform commercial sex acts, or labor or services. Trafficking can occur in legal and legitimate business settings as well as underground markets.
Myth: If the Trafficked Person Consented To Be In Their Initial Situation, or was informed about what type of labor they would be doing or that commercial sex would be involved, then it cannot be human trafficking or against their will because they "knew better."
A victim cannot consent to be in a situation of human trafficking. Initial consent to commercial sex or a labor setting prior to acts of force, fraud, or coercion (or if the victim is a minor in a sex trafficking situation) is not "relevant" to the crime, nor is payment.
SAAS holds meetings and workshops throughout the year, with guest speakers
and a variety of program topics related to human trafficking.
Check back regularly and visit our Events page to find out about our next meeting!
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