Human Trafficking (Labor, Sex, Child)

Criminal

Human Trafficking may be sex trafficking, labor trafficking, or both.  Sex trafficking is when someone is made to perform a sexual act by force, fraud, or coercion, or the person performing the sex act is under 18 years old.  Labor trafficking is when someone recruits, harbors (keeps), transports, provides, or obtains a person for labor (work) through force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of involuntary servitude, peonage (debt slavery), debt bondage, or slavery.  Another form of trafficking is when someone sells or takes another persons’ body parts. An example might be an abuser forces someone to have their kidney removed for sale or trade against the victim’s wishes. 

Trafficking victims can be any gender, age, or class. Victims are sometimes trafficked in their own city and state, and sometimes by a family member or someone they know. Victims are also sometimes trafficked in their own country or in another country.

If you or someone you know needs help on this topic, click here for some Denver-based and national organizations.

To see Colorado statutes on Human Trafficking, click here.