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Human Trafficking

What is Human Trafficking?

"Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide – including right here in the United States. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers might use the following methods to lure victims into trafficking situations: Violence Manipulation False promises of well-paying jobs Romantic relationships Language barriers, fear of their traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement frequently keep victims from seeking help, making human trafficking a hidden crime. Traffickers look for people who are easy targets for a variety of reasons, including: Psychological or emotional vulnerability Economic hardship Lack of a social safety net Natural disasters Political instability The trauma caused by the traffickers can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help, even in highly public settings." (Source:

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Every ZIP Code

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Human trafficking has been reported in every state across the U.S. and in every
zip code in Michigan.

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Though trafficking happens across all demographics, the leading contributors are:

  • Recent migration/relocation.

  • Poverty.

  • Substance use.

  • Runaway/homeless youth.

  • Mental health concerns.

  • Involvement in the child welfare system.

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Top recruiters

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A victim of human trafficking most likely knows their trafficker.  Family members, intimate partners, and employers are the top recruiters of trafficking.

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Obstacles to recovery

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Survivors of human trafficking have many obstacles to a full recovery. Housing, transportation, criminal records, and immigration status are the largest barriers reported.

Yes, the world of human trafficking is dark, but we believe there is HOPE for RENEWAL and RESTORATION!

Donate today to be a part of bringing help and healing

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