Sex trafﬁcking is not just a problem that happens in far off countries it is a crime that is prevalent in our own state and is growing through the use of technology. Trafﬁckers befriend young people, often online with romance or ﬂattery, and once they have their trust use their relationship to exploit them. Other trafﬁckers use force or shame to coerce their victims. Trafﬁckers may spend moments, days, weeks, months to ‘groom’ their target. Trafﬁcking in Arizona is a felony (ARS § 13-1307).
Q: What is sex trafﬁcking?
A: The term `sex trafﬁcking’ means the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act (22 USC § 7102(9), ARS §13-1307).
Q: What is the difference between smuggling and trafﬁcking?
A: “Trafﬁc” means to entice, recruit, harbor, provide, transport or otherwise obtain another person by deception, coercion or force(ARS §13-1308). While “Smuggling” is an illegal transportation or migration of people crossing international borders (ARS §132319(F)(3)).
Q: What can I do if I know of someone who is being trafﬁcked?
A: Call the National Human Trafﬁcking Resource Center Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text “INFO” or “HELP” to be free (233733) this organization can provide resources and information for victims of sex trafﬁcking.
Q: Is there any aid for immigrants who are victims of trafﬁcking?
A: Yes, under the Victims of Trafﬁcking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (VTVPA) law enforcement agencies can offer protection of victims through T Visas, call 1-888-3737888 for more information.
Q: I am being trafﬁcked, what can I do, am I going to get in trouble?
A: There are programs and agencies to help you contact the national hotline for help at 1-888-373-7888 or text “HELP” to (233733).
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