Human Trafficking: It’s Happening Where You Live

Human trafficking is a global problem and while many of us think it only happens in poor under-developed countries, this is not true. Not too long ago we heard of Ariel Castro who kidnapped 3 women and imprisoned them in his house for over 10 years. Human trafficking exists and it’s an issue that affects people all over the world, including your neighborhood.

Lourdes Nieto is a Chicago Police Officer that took it upon herself to hold information sessions to educate the community about human trafficking. After talking to some people in the community she realized that people aren’t familiar with human trafficking and those that are, are misinformed.

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, where someone uses coercion, fraud, or takes full control of a person and forces them to do things like commercial sex acts, labor, or services against their own will.

“I think one of the most important things about human trafficking is that it doesn’t discriminate, it can happen to anybody, to anyone’s child, next door neighbor, it can happen anywhere,” explains Lourdes Nieto.