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What is Human Trafficking?

Human Trafficking is the control of one person by another person for personal gain. Human trafficking victimizes individuals by force, fraud or coercion, in which the trafficker controls the victim by means of mental, physical and psychological abuses. The trafficker uses the victim to gain profit for themselves. Profit could be, but is not limited to, monetary gain, goods and/or services.

Human trafficking happens around the world but also right here in the United States.

Global and Domestic Trafficking happens in many different ways:

     - Sexual Exploitation: Prostitution, strip clubs, pornography.

     - Labor Trafficking: Servitude jobs, orchard workers, restaurant workers, house keepers, drug dealers.

     - Soldier Trafficking: Forced into militant groups to wage war against their own families and villages.

     - Organ Trafficking: Killed and mutilated for their organs and body parts for profit.

Globally, 27 million people are trafficked per year. With an estimated 100,000 minors being sexually victimized every year within the United States alone. The most common trafficking you will find in the United States is Sexual and Labor Trafficking.

How we help fight Human Trafficking

Awareness Initiatives

The Salvation Army partners with local coalitions to raise public awareness of the injustices of human trafficking. By planning prevention activities and working to reduce the demand for commercial sex and forced labor, we prevent future victims. By improving the identification and prosecution of local traffickers, we help provide survivors opportunity for renewal and restoration.

 A legacy of justice

For over 200 years, The Salvation Army has been advocating for the rights of women and children subjected to organized commercial sexual exploitation. In the 1800s, we pioneered an undercover investigation of sex trafficking, which helped shape the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885. By 1900, we had established over 100 "rescue homes" throughout London to abet safe escape from exploitation. More than a century later, we continue to fight for the abolition of sex trafficking worldwide.

The Salvation Army brings hope to human trafficking with new initiative.

In collaboration with the Michigan State Police, we have created a taskforce called the Joint Anti-Trafficking Taskforce (JATT) with the goal of developing a multidisciplinary human trafficking task force that implements trauma-informed, victim-centered, collaborative, and sustainable approaches to:

  • Identify victims of all types of human trafficking within specific geographic areas.
  • Investigate and prosecute sex trafficking and labor trafficking cases.
  • Address the indiviualized needs of victims through the provision of a comprehensive array of quality services.

Contact our office at 734-282-0930 for more information.

 

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