Human trafficking is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world earning criminals more than $150 billion each year? Human trafficking is not just happening overseas?
Nearly 300,000 U.S. children are at risk of being trafficked; that the National Human Trafficked Resource Center received over 200 calls from across Louisiana last year; and, that over 100 trafficking related arrest have been made in Louisiana this year? This heinous crime is a serious problem and it is taking place right here in our own backyard.
Because of its location and prominence as an international shipping port, New Orleans and the entire state of Louisiana has a human trafficking problem. A 2018 DCFS report to state lawmakers said Louisiana identified 681 confirmed or prospective victims of human trafficking that year. More than half - 356 - were juveniles. Seventy-two were 12 years old or younger. Young people are particularly vulnerable to becoming victims of trafficking, whether as runaways or as a victim of a participating family member or caregiver.
* reference information acquired from lamothefirm.org *
Human trafficking is modern day slavery; it is the holding of people through force, fraud or coercion where the victim is not free to leave and the trafficker receives proceeds from the victim's labor.
Commercial sex exploitation and forced labor are the two most common types of human trafficking in the U.S. and over 50% of the victims are children. The average age of entrance into human trafficking is 12-14 years for girls and 11-13 years for boys. What's worse is that 75% of minors engaged in prostitution have a pimp who can earn up to $632,00 per year through their exploitation of our children.
Louisiana's Criminal Law RS 14:46.2 on human trafficking states that it shall be unlawful:
You may be surprised to see who's at risk -
There is no "perfect victim": human trafficking can happen in virtually any context, to any person... however: there are vulnerabilities that increase a person's likeliness of experiencing trafficking.
* reference information acquired from www.nolatrafficking.org *
A vulnerability is something that makes you more likely to experience something. This list of vulnerabilities is not exhaustive- these are just a few of the vulnerabilities identified within trafficking victims in the United States.
* reference information acquired from http://www.atc.la.gov/human-trafficking.php *