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Published On: Thu, Jul 4th, 2019

What Can You Do To Stop The Horrible Crime Of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is one of the worst crimes that is prevalent all across the world. Highest cases of human trafficking happens in the United States and Mexico, followed by the Philippines. This hideous crime is in fact a big industry in itself, exceeding hundreds of billions of dollars.

Human trafficking is done through different methods like forceful intimidation, blackmail, violence, fraud, and even by colluding with some family members or neighbors. It is mainly done for various purposes like forcing them into illegal labor jobs, commercials sex, crimes, and also for organ harvesting.

Millions of people from across the world have become victims of human trafficking. Even more people get affected, because of the disappearance of their near and dear ones. Parents find it difficult to come to terms with the fact that they will never be able to see their beloved child again.

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For the love of humanity, and for the better world, it is the duty of us citizens to report any kind of criminal or suspicious activities related to human trafficking. You could save more people from becoming victims to this horrible crime. In this post, we shall talk about how to spot the criminals and how to report human trafficking.

Now the question is how to identify the perpetrators?

The difficult part is to identify these criminals, because there is no real way to typecast them. They could be just about anyone, who are they lurking out there to exploit their victims. They could work in gangs, or even work as solo operators. Their only aim is to mislead the unfortunate victims. 

Children and women are easy prey, especially if they are deceived, or forced to take drugs. They also try and take advantage of bad situations that might have befallen on others. Usually they try to gain the trust of women and children they want to prey upon, and catch their unsuspecting victims by surprise. 

They make false promises of providing essentials to their victims in order to gain their trust. Therefore, it is really difficult to identity these criminals, because they could be anyone. So the best thing to do is to look for the signs of people being trafficked, rather than trying to identify the traffickers.

Looking for signs:

Usually these victims are venerable due to circumstances like, being caught up in some illegal activity, homelessness, alcohol or drug addiction, had faced some physical or emotional trauma, or are simply depressed. Usual spots for finding them are shopping malls, parks, schools, etc.

  • You could look for signs like physical bruises, cuts, etc. 
  • If they are dressed shabbily
  • Uninterested with things around them
  • Addicted to drugs or alcohol
  • Hangs out with older people
  • Sudden disappearance of a person

You can report these crimes to:

  • Anti-Slavery International – +44 (0)20 7501 8920 – [email protected] 
  • National Human Trafficking Hotline – 1-888-373-7888
  • Department of Homeland Security – 1-866-347-2423
  • UNODC.org
  • ICE.gov
  • Polaris

We as citizens can help in fighting this deep-rooted human trafficking crime.

Author: Aalia Ray

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