Five myths color the crime of human trafficking

NEW YORK — Human trafficking can be found in any country, and its victims can be nearly anyone, experts say.
Here are five myths about trafficking:


MYTH 1: Human trafficking means sex trafficking.
Along with sex trafficking, forced labor is another type of human trafficking, according to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Victims can be found in such industries as sweatshops, massage parlors, agriculture, restaurants, hotels and domestic service.


MYTH 2: Human trafficking and human smuggling are the same.
Trafficking is based on exploitation and control and does not require movement.
"You can traffic a person and never move them an inch," said Grant Snyder, a trafficking expert with the Minneapolis Police Department.

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