What Is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is the act of forcing a person to provide commercial sex or labor services. It is modern day slavery.
Is This the Same Thing as Smuggling?
No. Smuggling is a crime against the border of a country. Human Trafficking is a crime against a person.
Does This Really Happen in Arizona? In Phoenix?
The US Department of State estimates that 14,500-17,500 men, women, and children are tricked into coming to the United States each year for the purpose of being forced into human trafficking– or slavery. As a border state, we know that many of these individuals enter through our Southern border. Cases have been prosecuted in New York and Florida in which victims first entered or were first victimized in Arizona.
Are All of The Victims From Mexico?
No. In fact, victims of human trafficking have been lured to the United States from Thailand, Peru, Romania, Costa Rica, Mexico, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, China, Cambodia, Honduras, and Russia— just to name a few.