What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is a real issue that happens here within our community. Victims of human trafficking walk among us, sit beside us, and may even be providing you a service (nails, massages, gardening, etc.). It is imperative that we become more aware of this horrendous crime against humanity and each take a stand against human trafficking..
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:
- The acquisition of a person
- By means of deception or coercion
- 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.
Who is ASPIRE to Autonomy?
A Supportive Presence Initiating Recovery and Empowerment
To provide an environment of safety, healing, and empowerment that will equip trafficking victims with the necessary services and programs to follow their pursuit of independence.
ASPIRE is a presence, initiating recovery and empowerment that provides an opportunity for growth and development and fosters autonomy. Survivors of human trafficking have the right to be treated with dignity, respect, and love. They should be looked to as the experts of their life and should be awarded the same rights and opportunities to pursue their hopes and ambitions. ASPIRE believes in the cultivation of resources, services, community, and human relationships to foster equity and allow dreams to become a reality.
Our Core Values
ASPIRE believes that all individuals have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
ASPIRE believes in the right to self-determination.
ASPIRE believes in the importance of human relationships, communities, and in the power to support one another.
ASPIRE believes that no one should be held against their will nor traded for forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation.
ASPIRE believes in the promotion of equity in order to provide opportunities for growth and developmen