Human trafficking deprives people of their human rights and freedoms, it is a global health risk, and it fuels the growth of organized crime. But the impact of human trafficking goes beyond individual victims; it undermines the safety and security of all nations it touches.
It has a devastating impact on individual victims, who often suffer physical and emotional abuse, rape, threats against self and family, passport theft, and even death. The impact of Human Trafficking on victims can take many forms, all of which can be devastating to the victims.
- Debt bondage - victims cannot send money home - they are never able to pay off their debt because the amount owed keeps increasing.
- Isolation - document removal; no one around them speaks their language except for their employer; they are denied access to health care and other sources of assistance.
- Fearful of law enforcement and fail to recognize assistance - victims are told that if they come into contact with law enforcement that it will be worse than what is currently happening to them.
- Threat of exposure - victims feel that they have failed and are ashamed.
- Use and threat of violence - victims are afraid of their employer.
- Use and threat of reprisals against loved ones - victims will tolerate abuse to protect a family member.