Common Myths Debunked

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month. In this episode, I’m welcoming back author, survivor, and award-winning, a nationally recognized expert on the subject Rebecca Bender. Rebecca is going to debunk three common myths about human trafficking. One is that most trafficked children are kidnapped and kept as prisoners. Two that trafficking requires a sex act. The third topic she will debunk is that women are choosing to sell their bodies and stay with abusers. Rebecca has resources to educate and help you get involved in the fight against human trafficking.

3 Myths About Human Trafficking

Most of the children that are trafficked are kidnapped and kept as prisoners.

The truth is that this happens in less than 5% of cases. Traffickers don’t typically snatch and grab, they lure. They are looking for low risk, high reward targets. This is typically teens 16 – 24 with shaky boundaries.

Trafficking requires a sex act.

There are 3 types of trafficking – sex, labor, and organ. Labor and sex sometimes go together, but not always. Trafficking is the act of recruiting, transporting, harboring, talking or luring by the means of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of any commercial exploitation.

Some women are choosing to sell their bodies and stay with abusers.

Many women in the midst of human trafficking will tell you that they are making the choice to sell their bodies or even claim it makes them feel empowered. The truth is that the overwhelming majority have either been born into systemic prostitution. Another way is that they could have been groomed and coerced into believing they’re making a healthy choice.

3 action steps from this episode Common Myths Debunked: The Fight Against Human Trafficking

Have a conversation with your children about how to identify when someone pushes their boundaries.

Learn more about common human trafficking myths through Rebecca’s free e-course

Identify your place in the Anti-Trafficking Movement by taking the Find Your Lane e-course

Resources to fight against human trafficking:

Truth Talk Series: How You Can Help Fight Against Human Trafficking

Chosen – The True Story of America’s Trafficked Teens

Elevate Academy Instagram

Equality Model

Walking Prey: How America’s Youth Are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery

Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System

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