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I’ve discussed several myths surrounding human trafficking, but this one really interested me. I wanted to talk about it! Another common myth surrounding human trafficking is that this crime only happens in underground or illegal industries. A large part of this belief is due to the stereotypes pushed by the media and Hollywood. For example, Liam Neeson’s Taken showed his daughter getting kidnapped and sold into sex slavery. I came across an article, where the author talked about the music video for Bad Romance by Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga appeared to be kidnapped and sold into sex slavery and killed her buyer at the end. These cases can happen, but it’s not as common as people believe. Human trafficking happens in broad daylight in common industries or businesses. Here, I will discuss four industries used by human traffickers, as well as how we can combat human trafficking in these industries.
#1: The Hospitality Industry.
How to fight human trafficking in the agriculture industry: Research which companies you buy from. Ensure you get your products from ethical companies that value their workers. Buy produce and meat from local farmers or markets. If you’ve got some land, start a garden. If you have more land, raise your animals.
#3: Massage Parlors/Nail Salons.
How to fight human trafficking in massage parlors/nail salons: Learn the signs. Know what indicators and red flags are visible with human trafficking victims working in massage parlors or nail salons.
As you can see, both sex trafficking and forced labor are evident in these industries. Cases of forced labor are harder to recognize due to the fact you cannot tell who is working freely versus someone forced into working to pay off a debt. Not to mention, in many cases of forced labor, victims are forced to labor during the day and then forced into sexual services during the night. These operations occur in plain sight, but without the proper knowledge or education on this issue, we cannot fight back. Please, get educated on how to recognize the signs of someone being trafficked.