YOU SHOULD KNOW
What is Human Trafficking?
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act defines “severe forms of trafficking in persons” as (a) sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age; or (b) the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining 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.
Definition of Terms Used in the Term “Severe Forms of Trafficking in Persons”
Sex trafficking means the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act.
Commercial sex act means any sex act on account of which anything of value is given to or received by any person.
Involuntary servitude includes a condition of servitude induced by means of (a) any scheme, plan, or pattern intended to cause a person to believe that, if the person did not enter into or continue in such condition, that person or another person would suffer serious harm or physical restraint; or (b) the abuse or threatened abuse of the legal process.
Debt bondage means the status or condition of a debtor arising from a pledge by the debtor of his or her personal services or of those of a person under his or her control as a security for debt, if the value of those services as reasonably assessed is not applied toward the liquidation of the debt or the length and nature of those services are not respectively limited and defined.
Coercion means (a) threats of serious harm to or physical restraint against any person; (b) any scheme, plan or pattern intended to cause a person to believe that failure to perform an act would result in serious harm to or physical restraint against any person; or, (c) the abuse or threatened abuse of the legal process.
How do Girls Come to Her Song?
Young women come to us as referrals from a large network of law enforcement partners and service providers including the FBI, local sheriff’s offices, the judiciary, the NEFLHT Coalition members, from survivors themselves, and from the community. We also identify victims hidden within the correctional systems and offer services and opportunities for growth.
What do the Clients Need?
Everything. Housing, food, clothing, medical care, emotional and spiritual support, educational and economic opportunities, and love. Most are homeless and are trying to break out of cycles of trauma, addiction, and shame. Many lack suportive families. We were not there for them when they were young. Everything has been stolen from them. They need a chance to heal and begin to chart a pathway to success. They need a new purpose for their life so they have meaning and a direction.
What are the Effects of Human Trafficking on Victims?
Shame & grief
Loss of stability (home, income, family, personal belongings)
Almost total break down of the body, mind, and spirit
Traumatized (often time this is severe and repeated traumas called complex trauma)
Disconnection from healthy people
Substance abuse/addiction to cope with the pain of existence
Cycles of relapse and recidivism due to limited and fragmented services locally and nationally