The Connection Between Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking
Why An Earthly Embrace takes a stand against Human Trafficking
An Earthly Embrace started the Human Trafficking initiative to bring awareness to our community. Domestic violence and Human trafficking are different forms of abuse, however share some similarities. In both forms of victimization, the victim is left feeling hopeless, without an emotional outlet due to separation from friends and family or due to shame.
Most Americans, are unaware that trafficking is happening in their neighborhoods. Our goal is to educate our community on warning signs and preventive measures in hopes of breaking the cycle of abuse. Breaking the cycle of abuse is important to the psychological, emotional and overall well-being of our community.
Human Trafficking : Recruiting, harboring transporting or obtaining a person for the purposes of forced labor.
Who are the victims of Human Trafficking?
Globally, men, women, children; boys and girls as young as 12 years old, it has been suggested as young as 2 years old.
Traffickers frequently target the following types of people:
Runaway and homeless youth
Victims of trauma and abuse
How are Victims Impacted?
Victims of Human Trafficking experience physical, mental, verbal sexual, emotional, financial and sexual abuse. As a result victims often suffer from;
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Depression & suicidal thoughts
Often during this traumatic experience and after many victims turn to drugs, alcohol, unhealthy relationships to numb the pain.