Human Trafficking

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Did You Know?

Human trafficking is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world earning criminals more than $150 billion each year? Human trafficking is not just happening overseas?


Nearly 300,000 U.S. children are at risk of being trafficked; that the National Human Trafficked Resource Center received over 200 calls from across Louisiana last year; and, that over 100 trafficking related arrest have been made in Louisiana this year? This heinous crime is a serious problem and it is taking place right here in our own backyard.


Because of its location and prominence as an international shipping port, New Orleans and the entire state  of Louisiana has a human trafficking problem. A 2018 DCFS report to state lawmakers said Louisiana identified 681 confirmed or prospective victims of human trafficking that year. More than half - 356 - were juveniles. Seventy-two were 12 years old or younger.  Young people are particularly vulnerable to becoming  victims of trafficking, whether as runaways or as a victim of a participating family member or caregiver.


* reference information acquired from lamothefirm.org *

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What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is modern day slavery;  it is the holding of people through force, fraud or coercion where the victim is not free to leave and the trafficker receives proceeds from the victim's labor.


Commercial sex exploitation and forced labor are the two most common types  of human trafficking in the U.S. and over 50% of the victims are children. The average age of entrance into human trafficking is 12-14 years for girls and 11-13 years for boys. What's worse is that 75% of minors engaged in prostitution have a pimp who can earn up to $632,00 per year through their exploitation of our children.


Louisiana's Criminal Law RS 14:46.2 on human trafficking states that it shall be unlawful:


  1. For any person to knowingly recruit, harbor, transport, provide, solicit, receive, isolate, entice, obtain, or maintain the use of another person through fraud, force, or coercion to provide services or labor.
  2. For any person to knowingly benefit from activity prohibited by the provisions of this Section.
  3. For any person to knowingly facilitate any of the activities prohibited by the provisions of this Section by any means, including but not limited to helping, aiding, abetting, or conspiring, regardless of whether a thing of value has been promised to or received by the person.




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Who is at Risk for Trafficking?

  

You may be surprised to see who's at risk - 

  • American citizens
  • Foreign nationals
  • Boys
  • Girls
  • Men
  • Women
  • Transgender/ gender non-binary individuals
  • People with physical and/or developmental disabilities
  • Able-bodied people
  • People of all races
  • People of all ethnicities
  • People of all socio-economic statuses
  • People living in urban, suburban, and rural contexts


There is no "perfect victim": human trafficking can happen in virtually any context, to any person... however: there are vulnerabilities that increase a person's likeliness of experiencing trafficking.


* reference information acquired from www.nolatrafficking.org *

Trafficking Vulnerabilities

A vulnerability is something that makes you more likely to experience something. This list of vulnerabilities is not exhaustive- these are just a few of the vulnerabilities identified within trafficking victims in the United States.

 

  • Compromised legal and/or immigration status
  • Non-English speaking or limited English speaking proficiency
  • LGBTQ+ identity
  • Homelessness
  • History of runaway behavior
  • Experience within the foster care system
  • Physical, mental and/or developmental disability
  • Member of a marginalized social, racial, or cultural group
  • Low socio-economic status
  • Formerly incarcerated
  • History of substance abuse
  • History of sexual abuse


  * reference information acquired from http://www.atc.la.gov/human-trafficking.php *