Human trafficking is a topic that most of us want to avoid, in hopes that the problem will go away. However, just like any other challenge in life, we have to tackle this issue head-on, if we're to have any hopes of eradicating it.

Today, let's focus on what human trafficking is and what it is not. Throughout the remainder of the month, we'll discuss the other important aspects of this widespread epidemic.

What Human Trafficking Is

 A multibillion-dollar business.
The industry boasts an annual income of billions of dollars each year, making it extremely lucrative.

It involves the force or coercion of individuals to perform involuntary labor or commercial sex acts.

 Hard to detect.
Often it can be difficult to identify a human trafficking victim or perpetrator. It is best to educate yourself as much as possible and always be aware of your surroundings.

What Human Trafficking is Not

 The victim's fault.
It is never the fault of the victim. No individual is deserving of abuse or exploitation of any kind. We should refrain from victim shaming.

 Relegated to a particular "type" of person.
Human trafficking is not regulated to a particular race, culture, gender, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status.

 An epidemic that only occurs overseas.
Many believe that human trafficking only occurs in third-world countries. Human trafficking happens in the United States and takes place in upper-class, suburban neighborhoods.

It is also important to note that human trafficking is not a challenge you should face alone. If you suspect someone you know is or is potentially the victim of human trafficking, ensure that you get law enforcement involved. This will keep you out of danger and can keep the victim from facing further abuse or trauma.

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Together, we can all work to bring awareness and an end to this global crisis.

Be Well,
Dr. Mya