How Traffickers Take Advantage of Vulnerable People
All of the factors that make a person vulnerable to human trafficking (racism, poverty, gender inequality, addiction) work to create both despair and desperation. Desperate people are more likely to believe stories of other people who have found their fortunes in another city or country.
Traffickers take advantage of vulnerable people by, for example, promising:
- a father that his child will go to a good school
- a teenager that they will have a great acting, modelling, or singing career
- an individual who is substance dependent or addicted that they will be provided a steady supply of their primary substance of choice
- an unemployed worker that they will have a well-paid job
For an in-depth analysis of the vulnerabilities of human trafficking, please read the UNODC publication "Abuse of a Position of Vulnerability" (PDF).
In the following video from the European Commission, four survivors of human trafficking tell their stories.
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