Slavery in the United States
Many people are surprised to know that human trafficking occurs within the United States. However, human trafficking exists in every state and affects both US citizens and foreign nationals. Demand for commercial sex generates the supply of women, girls and boys for sexual exploitation. Veiled supply chains protect labor traffickers from revealing the source of their illegitimate labor and victims of labor trafficking are forced to work without any pay on farms and in industries that maximize their profits unethically. Additionally, the victims of domestic sex trafficking are most often US citizens. Traffickers use the freedoms espoused by the United States to enslave the victims they exploit.
Human trafficking is the second fastest growing crime in the world and yet many are unaware of it. Practical solutions can be implemented that can begin to break away the silence that traffickers rely on, ranging from making the community more educated,involving academics, harmonizing prevention efforts, and training medical or law enforcement personnel. Join us as we take steps forward in combatting modern slavery and bring a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves.
You can learn more about slavery and human trafficking by:
- visiting our Resources and Book List page
- learning about Human Trafficking Warning Signs
- Further reading about cases of human trafficking in Tennessee