We have been talking about Human Trafficking locally and globally for numerous years, and people still ask me, “Does this happen here in Vermont?” The answer is yes. Below you will find references from a variety of sources. Learn what it is and how you can be involved.
The Salvation Army has some interesting information about Human Trafficking:
“What is Human Trafficking? It is modern–day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Human trafficking is a hidden crime as victims rarely come forward to seek help because of language barriers, fear of the traffickers and/or fear of law enforcement.
Traffickers 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.”
UNITE – UNDERSTAND NETWORK INNOVATE TEACH ERRADICATE is a workgroup at the University of Vermont Clinical Simulation Laboratory http://givewaytofreedom.org/pdf/UNITE-University-of-VT.pdf
The links below will suggest ways you can become more involved in knowing about Human Trafficking and how you can help.