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#TalkTraffic: What Is Trafficking?

This is the second video in our 10-part #TalkTraffic video series. See the first video here.

When a person is trafficked, she or he experiences some type of force, fraud, or coercion in work, usually in low-wage industries. It’s important to understand what trafficking looks like, so we can give people the help they need and want. Learn more about the dynamics of trafficking in persons.

What You Need To Know

Trafficking can include a wide range of experiences. It’s important to recognize the different dynamics, so we can properly recognize it and work with survivors to create the best solutions.

  • Trafficking happens most often in low-wage industries like construction, domestic work, sex work, agriculture, and restaurants.
  • People particularly at risk for being trafficked include recent immigrants; homeless, street-involved, and LGBTQ youth; and people in desperate economic circumstances.
    Trafficking involves people living and working in a climate of fear. This means:

  • Force, fraud, or coercion in their work.
  • Isolation, invisibility, abuse of power, physical and/or sexual abuse.
    There are many different legal definitions of trafficking:

  • Most countries, states within the United States, and the United Nations all have their own legal definitions of trafficking.
    The definitions vary, but they are consistent in noting trafficking involves:

  • Exploitation of people involved in many different kinds of labor, including sex work and domestic work; and
  • The use of force, fraud, or coercion in making people work.

Trafficking gets attention because it can be horrific and it lends itself to upsetting visual images. But there’s a wide range of abuses people experience in their work — sometimes these involve trafficking and sometimes they don’t. And we still need to address this wide range of abuses in order to ensure opportunity, dignity, and human rights for all people.

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Production Credits — Producers: Juhu Thukral and Jeffrey Yamaguchi. Video Production/Filming/Editing: Jordan Timpy and Cassie Timpy of Agape Visuals. Music: Broke For Free.

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