Human Trafficking is

a crime involving the severe exploitation of another person for the purposes of compelled labor or commercial sex act using force, fraud, or coercion.

severe exploitation

A crime against human rights where someone’s individual choices and dignity have been removed.

compelled labor

Any work or service which the individual is forced, tricked or coerced to do against their will, under threat of punishment.

commercial sex

Any sex act on account of which anything of value is given to or received by any person.

Force

includes physical restraint, physical harm, sexual assault, beatings, monitoring and confinement.

Fraud

includes false promises regarding employment, wages, working conditions, love, marriage, or better life. Unexpected changes in work conditions, compensation or debt agreements, or nature of relationship.

Coercion

includes threats of serious harm, psychological manipulation, document confiscation, shame, and fear-inducing threats to share or report to authorities in order prevent someone from leaving.

Lived Experiences
Human Trafficking

happens in Colorado

Human Trafficking happens in every country, state, city, and town. It’s happening right now in Colorado, maybe even in your community. It’s difficult to know, because human trafficking often goes unrecognized, or it’s underreported because victims are afraid, or they don’t understand what is happening.

Human Trafficking

is a crime

We want justice for victims, services and support for survivors, and prosecution for buyers and traffickers. If you suspect labor trafficking or sex trafficking is happening to you, or someone you know or have seen, get help now.

Human Trafficking

can happen to anyone

Traffickers find vulnerable people and use them. Circumstances like poverty, an unstable living situation, lack of support, social and cultural inequalities, addiction or substance use, or previous trauma or victimization, are a few of the contributors that can put someone at risk.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
WHAT CAN YOU DO