What Is Human Trafficking?

What Is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations.Language barriers, fear of their traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement frequently keep victims from seeking help, making human trafficking a hidden crime.Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. They look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of a social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability. The trauma caused by the traffickers can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help, even in highly public settings.Many myths and misconceptions exist. Recognizing key indicators of human trafficking is the first step in identifying victims and can help save a life. Not all indicators listed are present in every human trafficking situation, and the presence or absence of any of the indicators is not necessarily proof of human trafficking.

How To Get Help

If you or someone you know is experiencing an exploitative situation and needs help, you can:

  • Tell HPU Security, Student Life, or Title IX Office what is happening.
  • Call 911 or local law enforcement if you or someone else is in immediate danger.
  • Office of Counseling Services
    Slane Center, 3rd Floor
    Free and confidential counseling is available.
    336-888-6352counseling@highpoint.eduHow Therapy Can Help – If you decide to seek support from a counselor or therapist, you may have some questions. That’s perfectly normal. Working with a therapist can help you deal with some of the challenges you may be facing. We have counseling staff available.
  • National Human Trafficking Hotline

    1 (888) 373-7888
    SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”)
    Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

    Languages: English, Spanish and 200 more languages
  • Call 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733). The National Human Trafficking Hotline takes calls from victims and survivors of human trafficking and those who may know them. It can help connect victims with service providers in the area and assist in reporting their situation to trusted law enforcement contacts. The Trafficking Hotline is a national, toll-free hotline available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in English, Spanish, and more than 200 other languages. The Trafficking Hotline is not a law enforcement or immigration authority and is operated by a nongovernmental organization.
  • Call 1-866-347-2423 to report suspicious criminal activity to the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Tip Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Highly trained specialists take reports from both the public and law enforcement agencies on more than 400 laws enforced by HSI, including those related to human trafficking. HSI agents responding to reports are specifically trained on a victim centered approach to stabilize victims and connect them with support services, including providing immigration relief for qualifying victims. You can also submit an anonymous tip online via the HSI Tip Form at: https://www.ice.gov/webform/hsi-tip-form.