Supporting Survivors

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How can I support victims of human trafficking?

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<p>Simply put, human trafficking is compelled service. It occurs when a person is compelled into service for profit.&nbsp;Labor trafficking and sex trafficking are the two most commonly seen forms of human trafficking in the United states. Labor trafficking can occur in almost any industry; including begging, domestic servitude, industrial fishing, agriculture, construction, hospitality, landscaping, and health &amp; beauty. Sex trafficking can occur in a variety of venues, such as massage parlors, truck stops, brothels, strip clubs, hotels/motels, escort services, through online venues or street based.&nbsp;Human trafficking is fueled by supply and demand. It is important to remember that there is a demand for cheap labor and commercial sex driving this crime.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Supporting survivors of human trafficking is similar to supporting survivors of other forms of interpersonal violence. Key principles include: 1) start by believing, 2) a trauma-informed approach, and 3) recognizing that the survivor is the expert in their situation. There are many reasons a survivor may not choose to seek help including fear of the trafficker, a relationship with the trafficker, shame, or a perceived lack of options. For more about human trafficking, please see: <a href="https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fhumantrafficking.umich.edu%2F&amp;data=05%7C01%7Claura.sinko%40temple.edu%7C3e524743d8d443961b6908da5854d926%7C716e81efb52244738e3110bd02ccf6e5%7C0%7C0%7C637919418691463446%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=41mr8DJhfKxpsTYt7XPe78wjCmoHyr6BbzRHTF3wFjE%3D&amp;reserved=0">https://humantrafficking.umich.edu</a>. Additional resources for supporting survivors can be found here: <a href="https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fhumantraffickinghotline.org%2F&amp;data=05%7C01%7Claura.sinko%40temple.edu%7C3e524743d8d443961b6908da5854d926%7C716e81efb52244738e3110bd02ccf6e5%7C0%7C0%7C637919418691463446%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=8DOmSPln0YPnh%2BzdYOZGFFSSLJD94MO1fRQ%2FIvhUv%2B0%3D&amp;reserved=0">https://humantraffickinghotline.org</a>&nbsp;</p>

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