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Event : Human Trafficking is a Growing Crime in New Jersey

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Hackensack NJ, according to the Department of Homeland Security , Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide – including right here in the United States. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations.

Language barriers, fear of their traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement frequently keep victims from seeking help, making human trafficking a hidden crime.

Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. They look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of a social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability. The trauma caused by the traffickers can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help, even in highly public settings.

Many myths and misconceptions exist. Recognizing key indicators of human trafficking is the first step in identifying victims and can help save a life. Not all indicators listed are present in every human trafficking situation, and the presence or absence of any of the indicators is not necessarily proof of human trafficking.

The safety of the public as well as the victim is paramount. Do not attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to any suspicions. It is up to law enforcement to investigate suspected cases of human trafficking.

Speaker: Susan Allen Panzica

I am a speaker, women and children’s Bible teacher, and writer of the blog, Eternity Cafe where I see God’s handiwork in humble life experiences. My passion is to bring an eternal perspective to earthly matters through writing, speaking, teaching, and coffee dates.

I am also an accidental abolitionist, the co-founder and Executive Director of Justice Network, which raises awareness about human trafficking, locally and globally.

Wednesday May 18th at 730pm at the BCRO at 339 Main Street in Hackensack 

2 thoughts on “Event : Human Trafficking is a Growing Crime in New Jersey

  1. Close the border fjb!

    1. Kamala Harris’ refusal to secure the southern border is contributing to this problem.

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