By nature trafficking is secret and dangerous

By its very nature trafficking is secret and dangerous, which helps explain the inadequacy of reliable information. Victims are afraid of retaliation from traffickers or recrimination within their families and villages – which have often provided funds for the journey they anticipate will take the woman to the job that will help support the family – and the stigma of prostitution. As a result few will bear witness against the traffickers. Fear and mistrust of police, the lack of documentation and fear of complicity also play a part in maintaining the victim’s silence. Most victims are poor, illiterate, from marginalized populations and are ignorant of their rights. Traffickers exploit not only bodies but the deepest anxieties and disadvantageous life conditions of the victims.

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