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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:

  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.

Who is ASPIRE to Autonomy?


A Supportive Presence Initiating Recovery and Empowerment

Our Mission

Elememtate Human Trafficking, Support, Provide an environment of safety, and healing.

Our Vision

Through collaboration, education, and effective programming, build a community that will be A Supportive Presence, Initiating Recovery, and  Empowerment that provides an opportunity for growth and development and fosters autonomy.

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