SAN DIEGO — Mention the term human trafficking, and most of us will conjure up images of victims huddled in a corner of an inner city apartment, a menacing character keeping them in chains, and the victim making a mad dash for freedom.
Sadly this is not the accurate view of what happens in trafficking in the United States, according to Rebecca Bender, a human trafficking victims advocate and opening presenter for the National Association of EMS Physicians 2016 Annual Meeting.
A trafficking survivor herself, Bender detailed the challenges in identifying trafficking victims whose ages range from 2 to 12 years. Males and females are preyed upon by traffickers. Trafficking occurs across the country, from rural to urban settings.