Trafficking Myths

From D.A.T.A - Denver Anti-Human Trafficking Alliance

1. Human Trafficking doesn't happen in Colorado

In-our-backyardsFact: Multiple cases of labor and sex trafficking have been identified in Colorado.

2. Human Trafficking means kidnapping, physical force and restraint.

Fact: Traffickers often use psychological coercion to control victims.

3. Human trafficking requires movement and is the same as smuggling.

Fact: Transportation is not a required for trafficking and is different from smuggling, which is a crime against a country not a person. Human trafficking is characterized by compelled work, servitude or commercial sex.

4. Human trafficking only occurs in illegal underground industries.

Fact: Human trafficking can occur in both illegal and legal industries such as private homes, hotels, nail salons, restaurants, bars, strip clubs, and massage businesses.

For more information, see Polaris Project's Human Trafficking Facts