40 million people per year are forced into human trafficking, mostly underage children from the US

40 million people per year are forced into human trafficking, mostly underage children from the US

More than 40 million people per year are forced into the horrible world of human trafficking and victims are mostly underage children from within the US,

Human trafficking is an ongoing problem in the United States and around the world. While constant awareness has been raised in recent years, most are not aware of how widespread the problem actually is.

Human trafficking Occurs everywhere from major cities to idyllic rural communities, trafficking traps people in a dark, insidious criminal world, with some as young as 10 years old being traded or sold for forced labor and sexual exploitation.

Investigations into Human trafficking show that the findings are shocking. Those who are sold into this forced life are often people from within the U.S.

Andrea Powell, founding president of the advocacy group Karana Rising said during a recent interview in Washington, D.C. that the “average person seems to think it’s a foreign national who’s come from really far away. That they’re smuggled in illegally. But the truth of the matter is in the years that I’ve worked with survivors of trafficking, over 90 percent are U.S. citizens,”

“The victim is lured by someone pretending to be a father figure or more accurately usually a boyfriend or sort of a combination of both,” Powell adds. “I’ve worked with over a thousand survivors of trafficking and I can think of two or three fathers who were involved in the lives of their daughters before they were trafficked.”

If you are being trafficked or suspect that someone you know is being trafficked please contact The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or visit CYBERTIPLINE.ORG.

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