One last thing to consider...
The consequences that victims end up facing go far beyond federal law; they are consequences that seep deep beneath the surface of what we can see, far into the well-being and livelihood of the victims.
As a result, the victims are unable (or made to believe that they are unable) to attain security, recovery, and economic stability. In other words, it becomes difficult for them to live a safe and healthy life that all human beings deserve.
Please click the button below to gain a better understanding of the “hidden” consequences that may get overlooked.
Review the sections below for hints and tips to answer the question.
Victim or Offender?
These are some of the “hidden” consequences endured by victims of human trafficking.
- Involvement with the justice system and wrongful criminalization despite laws protecting victims (i.e. prostitution, truancy)
- Wage theft
- Physical, sexual, and psychological abuse
- Threatened with arrest or deportation
- Threatened to harm or kill family
- Subjected to peonage due to insurmountable debt
- Fear and dependency
- Diminished economic opportunity
- Poor physical health
- Poor mental health (post-traumatic stress)
- Addiction (drugs, alcohol)
It’s one thing to show you what could potentially happen to victims of human trafficking. It’s another thing to hear true stories from the victims themselves.