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The State of Colorado’s current human trafficking public awareness campaign educates the public about human trafficking and what to look for.
What is a common definition of human trafficking? The crime can take many forms, but all involve exploitation and the denial of a person's right to freedom and basic dignity.
“Human trafficking involves the severe exploitation of an individual for the purpose of compelled labor or commercial sex, through means such as force, fraud, or coercion,” Maria Trujillo, Human Trafficking Program Manager, Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice, said. “Traffickers often target people who appear vulnerable and victims often don’t realize what’s happening to them is a crime.”
Key elements of human trafficking include:
- Force = physical restraint or harm, sexual assault, monitoring and confinement.
- Fraud = includes false promises regarding employment, wages, working conditions, love marriage, or a better life. Unexpected changes in work conditions, compensation, debt agreements, or the nature of the relationship.
- Coercion = includes threats of harm, psychological manipulation, document confiscation, shame, and fear-inducing threats such as reporting to the authorities to prevent someone from leaving.
Human trafficking is a crime and can happen in any Colorado community. If you suspect human trafficking is happening to you, or someone you know or have seen, get help, call anonymously 24/7 at 866.455.5075 or the text line is available between noon and midnight 720.999.9724.
Learn what to look for at Thisishumantrafficking.com.
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