Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery and it’s happening
right here in Arizona. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs
and Crime, each year, “men, women and children fall into the hands
of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad.” According to the
Polaris Project, human trafficking is a “multi-billion-dollar criminal industry
that denies freedom to 20.9 people around the world.” With human
trafficking, victims are held against their will and made to engage in
forced labor or the illegal sex trade with no compensation except for
sustenance. Traffickers often use drugs, physical abuse, threats, and
confinement to control their victims.
Facts on human trafficking reported by the Polaris Project:
- 68% of victims are trapped into forced labor.
- 26% of the victims are children.
- 55% of the victims are girls and women.
An estimated 1 out of 6 runaways in 2016 reported to the
National Center for Exploited Children were likely victims of sex trafficking.
- In the last eight years, 31,600 cases of human trafficking have been reported
to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
About Sex Trafficking
Sex trafficking is going on in Arizona, throughout the United States and
the world. Sex traffickers use lies, promises of love and romance, offers
of food and shelter, offers of a luxurious lifestyle, threats and violence
to compel children and adults into engaging in the illegal sex trade.
Under federal law, any minor who is under 18 and induced into the sex
trade is a victim of sex trafficking.
According to Polaris, “Many victims become romantically involved
with someone who then forces or manipulates them into prostitution.”
Some victims are forced to sell sex by their own parents or other family
members. For example, a mother can invite men into her home to have sex
with her elementary or high school-aged daughter. Even though the child
was not moved, it’s still considered sex trafficking. While almost
anyone can be a target of sex trafficking, the most vulnerable include
runaways, homeless youth, and unsupervised children.
To learn more about sex trafficking in Arizona,
click here. You can also check out the
Federal Bureau of Investigation’s page on human trafficking and involuntary servitude.
Human trafficking is a serious crime in Arizona. If you’re facing
state or federal charges for this offense,
contact our firm at once for a legal defense.