Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the recruitment and/or the transportation of persons by others using violence or the threat of violence, abuse of authority of domination by position, deception, or other forms of coercion, for the purpose of exploiting persons sexually or economically for the profit or advantage of others, such as recruiters, traffickers, employers, customers or crime syndicates.

The victims (often economically disadvantaged young girls and women) are lured with false promises of good paying jobs, job training, education, and better lives in the United States, as well as in other developing nations.

The traffickers do procure documents/entry visas for the victims. Upon the victim’s arrival at the final destination, however, the documents are confiscated.

Victims are often subjected to physical and psychological torture. In addition, in many instances, there is a threat of physical harm to relatives in the country of origin. Effectively trapped, the victims are forced to work under brutal and inhumane conditions.

Publicly known jobs performed by victims include the following:

  • unpaid domestic/household work,
  • forced prostitution,
  • sex tourism and entertainment,
  • pornography,
  • unpaid sweatshop/factory laborer,
  • begging,
  • illegal/false adoption,
  • forced/servile marriage, and
  • use in criminal activities.

Most trafficking victims are isolated and remain undetected by the public because the strategies used by the perpetrators isolate and prevent the victims from coming forward. The public and victims service providers have only recently become aware of human trafficking and may not be familiar with how to recognize or to respond to trafficking victims.

Metro has a trained case manager and lawyer on staff to assist with Human Trafficking/Immigration issues.