Frequently Asked Questions
Why would I need training on human trafficking?
- Reframe societal attitudes
It is time for an attitude adjustment. Human trafficking is not a new issue. Awareness is growing and what we once called prostitution or labor exploitation is now being recognized for what it actually is- the exploitation of humans.
In order to prevent, we must first understand. Human trafficking is a complex crime; a business ever-changing and adapting to accommodate market demands. Let’s do our due diligence in learning so we can curb demand and prevent the crime altogether.
- Eliminate re-victimization
Do No Further Harm. There is typically an enormous amount of trauma associated with exploitation. In our experience, many good intentioned people inadvertently do further harm because they simply do not understand trafficking.
What makes 'Unveiled' different than other organizations that train on human trafficking?
We believe the true experts on human trafficking are those victim/ survivors who have suffered through exploitation. Through daily support and advocacy of these men and women; we were allowed into their lives. They shared their very diverse experiences and stories- of exploitation, re-victimization, judgment, hopelessness, and then of hope, recovery, and success. We were grateful to be let in. We listened. We learned. What we were taught is important and bridges the gap of knowledge in human trafficking. This survivor insight, gained from direct care experience, is the very foundation of our trainings and is the difference between Unveiled and many other organizations. Unveiled also donates a portion of the proceeds towards the provision of direct care services for victims of trafficking.
Does Unveiled offer CEUs (continued education credits) to those who complete training?
Yes. In most cases we are able to work with the hosting organization to offer CEUs (continued education credits.)
What is human trafficking?
Simply put, human trafficking is an exploitation of vulnerability for the purpose of some financial or other benefit. For more formal verbiage, we like to defer to the U.S. government's definition below.
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) defines “severe forms of trafficking in persons” as follows:
- Sex trafficking: the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion. or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; and
- Labor Trafficking: the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
*Many people believe transportation or movement must happen for a situation to be trafficking. This is not true.
Does human trafficking happen where I live?
Anywhere there is a demand for cheap labor or illicit sex, human trafficking exists. We have worked with victim/ survivors from all over the world, including those from small towns or large cities across the United States. Many people believe that their town or neighborhood is somehow immune to this crime; unfortunately, this is not the reality.
Who does human trafficking impact?
Human trafficking affects everyone. From the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, to the people we see. Labor and sex trafficking touch each of our daily lives, whether we know it or not. If you are a mental health professional, medical professional, law enforcement officer, first responder, tribal professional, juvenile justice or probation worker, legal professional, child welfare or social worker, domestic violence advocate, educator, member of the faith community, or an everyday citizen; you have seen a trafficking victim.
Why is it important for victims to be appropriately identified?
- Human trafficking is often hidden in plain sight and victim/survivors do not self identify.
- If victim/survivors are not appropriately identified, they may be judged, mislabeled, criminalized, and further traumatized.
- In our experience, victim/survivors often come into contact with citizens and professionals daily who, if able to correctly identify them as victims, could refer them to appropriate resources and care.
What does a victim of trafficking look like?
There is no one face for a victim of trafficking. Victims of this crime can be any age, race, gender, nationality, sexuality, religion, and of any income class or education level. A victim can be:
- born to a drug addicted mother
- from a prominent family with married parents
- raised in foster care
- straight "A" students
- intellectually challenged
- a teen with low self esteem
- looking for validation online
- foreign nationals
- United States citizens
- university educated
- elementary educated
- undocumented immigrants
- poverty stricken
It is important not to assume that someone is automatically a victim or that someone could not possibly be a victim.
What does a trafficker look like?
Again, it is important not to stereotype- a trafficker can be any age, race, gender, nationality, sexuality, religion, and of any income class or education level. Traffickers can be:
- lone pimps
- a "boyfriend"
- family members
- well- connected business owners
- violent gang members
- involved in highly sophisticated, organized crime networks
- college educated
- high school dropouts
A trafficker can be a drug addicted mother selling her young son to local child sex predators to support her drug addiction or a charming, handsome, college educated young man who promises his undying love to a vulnerable girl, then demands she sell herself to help pay the bills.It is easy to overlook a real trafficking situation if we are only looking for a certain 'type' of trafficker.
What can I do if I think I may have come into contact with a victim of trafficking?
In an emergency, always call 911. If not, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1.888.373.7888. The NHTRC can help you identify and coordinate with local organizations that protect and serve trafficking victims.