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Myth vs Fact About Human Trafficking

MYTH: The most pervasive myth about human trafficking is that it often involves kidnapping or physically forcing someone into a situation. In reality, most traffickers use psychological means such as, tricking, defrauding, manipulating or threatening victims into providing commercial sex or exploitative labor.
MYTH: Many survivors have been trafficked by romantic partners, including spouses, and by family members, including parents.
FACT: Human trafficking affects every country in the world, whether as a country of origin where the trafficking takes place, a destination victims are transported to, or as a country they pass through.
FACT: While men and boys are also victimized by traffickers, it is estimated that the majority of victims are women and girls.
MYTH: That is sometimes the case. More often, however, people in trafficking situations stay for reasons that are more complicated. Some lack the basic necessities to physically get out – such as transportation or a safe place to live. Some are afraid for their safety. Some have been so effectively manipulated that they do not identify at that point as being under the control of another person.
FACT: Human trafficking is often confused with human smuggling, which involves illegal border crossings. In fact, the crime of human trafficking does not require any movement whatsoever. Survivors can be recruited and trafficked in their own hometowns, even their own homes.
MYTH: Recent estimates of global trafficking victims have increased from 40.3 million to 49.6 million.
MYTH: People of all genders, ages, and backgrounds can become victims of trafficking.