Untangling Myths About Human Trafficking

In advance of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons July 31, Mellissa Withers discusses the following myths about human trafficking in her latest Psychology Today blog post for the series “Modern Day Slavery” series:

  • Myth #1: U.S. citizens never become victims of human trafficking
  • Myth #2: The way trafficking usually happens is that victims are kidnapped, drugged, chained up, or otherwise trapped.
  • ​Myth #3: Victims are always female who are exploited for sex.
  • Myth #4: All traffickers are male.
  • Myth #5: If a woman willingly came to the U.S. for a job and was tricked into slavery, it isn’t a crime—she was simply gullible.
  • Myth #6: Victims will always try to escape when they have the chance.