Healing from Human Trafficking
with Angela Aufdemberge, President & CEO of Vista Maria
With 100,000 children estimated to be in the sex trade industry in the United States, human trafficking generates billions of dollars. The average age of a victim is 12-14 years old.
Human Trafficking is a form of modern day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. The U.S. federal anti-trafficking law, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 defines human trafficking as:
The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for sex trafficking, in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person is induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or, labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
Perpetrators prey on the weak including teens that have dropped out of school, are in the foster care system or have run away from home. Human trafficking is a highly profitable and low risk crime. Traffickers target anyone, including children in their own communities. In Michigan, most times the victim is:
A girl or a young woman
Seen as commodities, as easy to recruit
Cheap to maintain and readily replaceable
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