Human Trafficking is exploitation that happens because of force, fraud or coercion. Not all human trafficking is sex trafficking; it can be labor trafficking or even a combination of both labor and sex trafficking. Additionally, Polaris Project has identified 25 different subcategories of human trafficking. It’s not always what you’d expect!
Sex trafficking rarely involves stranger abductions. Sadly, most victims are trafficked by someone they know and trust. Some survivors have been trafficked in their own homes by "friends" and even family members. Other victims are lured with false promises and then sent through a network of brothels throughout the country that use massage businesses as fronts.
According to Shared Hope International, the common age for entering the sex industry is 14-16. These kids may get raped up to 10 times a day. Victims are not just foreign-born. We have a large number of vulnerable US citizens who are at an increased risk for victimization. According to the National Youth Foster Institute, 60% of child sex trafficking victims have a history in the child welfare system.
Our state ranks in 11th nationally for human trafficking according to the Human Trafficking Hotline. North Carolina has great interstate systems. Unfortunately, this allows victims to be easily transported to NYC, Atlanta and throughout the state.
In 2013, North Carolina created the Safe Harbor Law to lay the foundation in combatting trafficking. Since then the state has worked hard to initiate other policies. For example, laws were passed to mandate the training of both school teachers and students on the red flags of human trafficking.
Most buyers are white, middle class, married men--maybe not who you'd expect. In 2018, NC had more than 730,000 ads for sex on the dark web. If someone’s willing to buy, there will be someone else willing to exploit and sell vulnerable individuals. We have to address demand! Contact us to let us know how we can help you, your civic group, your house of worship, or business become a part of the fight.
In 2018, Polaris worked on 10,949 cases of human trafficking reported to the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline.
The common age for sex trafficking begins at 14-16.
Of the nearly 26,300 runaways reported to NCMEC in 2019, 1 in 6 were likely victims of child sex trafficking.
Labor trafficking is often not recognized but can take many forms including agricultural work, magazine sales, domestic servitude, and illegal massage businesses.
Traffickers prey on vulnerabilities such as homelessness, poverty, family conflict, legal status, substance use, or prior victimization. Victims come from all races, socioeconomic statuses, legal status, and genders!
Stigma often impedes a male's willingness to disclose, but males are also sex trafficking victims.
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