Human Trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery. Traffickers use force, lies, or coercion to control victims for sex or labor services. They use violence, threats, blackmail, false promises, manipulation, debt bondage and more. These weapons allow traffickers to trap vulnerable individuals in horrible situations.
Though many trafficking victims are in plain sight, it can be difficult to recognize them. We often think of human trafficking as a kidnapped victim held in some sort of cage. While there are cases like this, it is far from the norm. There is no movement – or kidnapping – required for it to be human trafficking. Victims can be living in their own home, attending school, and participating in activities in their community. They aren’t usually tied up physically, but often held hostage psychologically.
If you are a victim, or are concerned for someone else, please contact us. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 1.800.770.1650 or text 'IOWAHELP' to 20121.