Human trafficking is compelling individuals into labor or commercial sex work through force, fraud, or coercion, for the economic gain of the trafficker. It also includes when any minor in commercial sex work is a survivor of human trafficking. Sexual exploitation is the abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust to profit monetarily, socially, or politically from the labor or commercial sex work of another.
Anyone can be a victim of sex trafficking, regardless of gender, gender identity, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. Certain factors put young people at a higher risk of being victims. LGBTQ youth and youth who have experienced abuse, neglect, homelessness, involvement in children’s services, or trauma are more likely to be trafficked.
TTD engages with victims of human sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation as part of our mission to enhance the safety of victims of intimate or interpersonal violence. TTD supports victims of trafficking with legal processes, in finding and retaining housing, and by providing short-term emergency shelter.