WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.
‘I was used, abused, bought, sold, raped, beaten, starved and broken every day. They threatened to hurt my family if I didn’t sell sex, so I had to pretend to enjoy the ‘work.’ I didn’t know I was a victim and then survivors until I heard what human trafficking is and how it works.’
EFFECTS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Sex Trafficking has harrowing effects on the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of the women ensnared in this injustice. And these effects remain even after they exit the commercial sex industry. Beyond the sexual exploitation, trafficked women regularly suffer physical abuse and psychological manipulation that may result in victims developing C-PTSD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, identity issues, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, shame, guilt and mistrust of others.