Human trafficking is the process of trapping people through the use of violence, deception, or coercion and exploiting them for financial or personal gain.

People don’t have to be transported across borders for trafficking to take place. In fact, transporting or moving the victim doesn’t define trafficking – it can take place within a single country, or even within a single community.

The United Nations provides a definition of human trafficking which can be broken down into three essential elements:

  1. The acquisition of a person
  2. By means of deception or coercion
  3. For the purpose of exploitation

People can be trafficked and exploited in many forms, including being forced into sexual exploitation, labor, begging, crime (such as growing cannabis or dealing drugs), domestic servitude, marriage, or organ removal.

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