Human trafficking in all its forms – sex, labor, and organ – is a heinous way of controlling vulnerable human beings for the profit and pleasure of others…and it must end. No longer can we stand by and assume that “it’s not happening in my city.” Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not happening. (If you doubt it’s presence in your area, contact your local FBI field office or simply find your city on Backpage com and look under adult > erotic.)
Over the last couple of years, I’ve travelled around our nation and interviewed prosecutors, law enforcement, non-profit leaders, and survivors who have all detailed the brutality of human trafficking in our nation. It may be tempting to think of this as a young woman chained up in a basement, but that’s more the exception than the rule. We’re talking about children, women, and even men who have a “chain around their brains” from the manipulation, coercion, and physical violence. They can’t just walk away like many of us presume. They’re stuck in a cycle of victimhood, and they need help.