What is Slavery & HT?

You might have thought slavery ended after the Civil War. Think again. There are more slaves now than at any time in history! Human trafficking is just a way of saying “the ways people are moved from freedom into slavery.” Through violence. Lies. Manipulation. Threats.

Today’s slaves are forced into labor, service or sex slavery to make money for their “owners.” You see, the same people who traffick drugs and weapons realize that selling people is more profitable and less risky. People can be sold repeatedly. In the case of a sex slave, that might be 10, 20 or more times a day. In labor slavery, goods and services are continually produced without compensating the laborer.

Legal definition

Slavery is simply involuntary servitude, but the law defines Human Trafficking, or Trafficking in Persons (TIP), like this:

  • An ACT or attempted act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring or receiving a person by means of force, abduction, fraud, coercion, purchase, sale, threats, abuse of power
    for the purpose of exploitation.