Out of the Shadows: Exposing the Myths of Human Trafficking
Look Beneath the Surface
There are plenty of myths about human trafficking — what it is, who can be trafficked, what happens to trafficked people.
Learn the truth about some common myths.
OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Exposing the Myths of Human Trafficking
MYTH: Human Trafficking is only sex trafficking
TRUTH: of the 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally:
68% forced labor
22% sexually exploited
10% state-imposed forced labor
MYTH: Human Trafficking victims will self-identify
TRUTH: 50% of victims had contact with a health care professional, NONE were identified as a victim.
MYTH: Human Trafficking is not in my community
TRUTH: cases of potential human trafficking reported: 30,000+ in all 50 states, DC & US territories
MYTH: Human Trafficking only affects the victim
TRUTH: the crime of human trafficking is a symptom of a societal problem
HOW TO HELP:
Know where your goods & services come from
Offer opportunities for at-risk individuals
Report it: call the National Human Trafficking Hotline
MYTH: Human Trafficking only happens to children
TRUTH: Since 2012, National Hotline cases reported: 62% adults
MYTH: Human Trafficking only happens to women
TRUTH: since 2012, National Hotline cases reported: 18% men
Human Trafficking is a crime and you can make a difference.
Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received over 168,554 calls and identified over 26,243 potential cases of human trafficking. You can receive help, report a tip, or request information or training by calling:
National Human Trafficking Hotline 888-373-7888
- ILO 2012 Global estimate of forced labour Executive summary. Accessed March 4, 2015.
- CNN. “The CNN Freedom Project.” Accessed March 4, 2015.
- National Human Trafficking Hotline Statistics 2012-2016, https://humantraffickinghotline.org/states