Human Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, moving or obtaining of a person by force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of involuntary servitude, debt bondage, slavery or commercial sex acts.
Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked around the world including the United States. It can happen in any community and victims can be from any race, socio-economic background, age, gender, or nationality. Greater Orlando and Florida ranks third in the nation for the number of phone calls to the national human trafficking hotline.
Traffickers often use manipulation, violence and false promises of love and jobs to lure their victims into the industry. They look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of a social safety net or natural disasters. They are often hidden in plain sight.