How do People Become Human Trafficking Victims?

Traffickers prey on people who are vulnerable to exploitation, including members of the LGBTQ community. Traffickers often provide help to a person in need with the intention of gaining the person’s trust and then gradually request the person to engage in small favors in exchange for the trafficker’s kindness. In time, those requests for small favors become demands, some of which may involve illegal activities, and consequences may be presented if the individual fails to comply. At this point, the trafficked person may experience force, fraud, or coercion.

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