What exactly IS human trafficking? Human trafficking is commonly known as the trade of humans, usually for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. This is intended to benefit the trafficker themselves or their constituents. Human trafficking impacts people of all backgrounds. Generally, but not always, men are usually trafficked for labor positions, while women are most often sent into commercial sexual exploitation.
International human trafficking is common in the United States. Human beings are exploited and forced into inhumane conditions coupled with an inability to complain or reach out for help because of the threats of deportation. According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000-800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are women and half are children.
Victims of international human trafficking have some solutions available to them in the context of immigration. They may qualify for a T Nonimmigrant Visa which allows victims of human trafficking to remain in the United States and assist law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases. A victim may also qualify for a U Nonimmigrant Visa if they have suffered substantial mental of physical abuse as a result of a crime. The victim is allowed to remain in the United States and assist law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity.
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