Human Trafficking in The African American Community

Amanda Miller

4/20/2022 3 min read

To address the topic of Human Trafficking, we will feature a showcase of digital media regarding the subject such as YouTube documentaries which provide an inside investigation into the minds of those who are human trafficked with emphasis on minorities.There is basic universal knowledge of “human trafficking,” however, further examination of the topic can often become too shocking for the general public to tolerate. Many cases of human trafficking entail being forcefully taken from countries worldwide through deception without any attention from authorities in those communities. The definition of human trafficking involves adults using coercion and force to get a person to agree to sex or labor. Minorities are often targeted in the human trafficking trade, and too often, these tend to be women of color.Unlike the consensus that human trafficking consists of carrying a human across a fence from one nation to another, there can often be more elevated mechanisms at work in order to traffic victims from their homelands to a life of exploitation and forced labor. The purpose of human trafficking is to utilize systems of power and pressure to get vulnerable segments of society to consent to sexual activities or undue toil. Due to this life altering occurrence, African Americans and many other minority women find themselves in complete destitution. Elements of both racism and intimidation are entrenched and enforced in human trafficking. This memorialization of antiquated systems is problematic to this day for women of color. This is extremely prevalent in minority youth in which black children account for over half of juvenile prostitution arrests. The following is a plan, which when implemented, would minimize the problem of human trafficking in the African American Community.

Qualifications and Training:

When it comes to healthcare professionals, they will continue to be the first defense for many trafficking victims. Unfortunately, many of them are not recognized as trafficking victim officials in their field. This is partly because healthcare specialists do not have adequate training programs for the credentials necessary to identify victims and provide help. If your locations do not have the practicum in human trafficking to support nurses, recognize victims, and negotiate trafficking cases, it can be very difficult to be a trusted source of advice.

Culturally and Linguistically Qualified:

Nurses and other specialists can contact trafficking victims in clinics or hospitals. With the correct certification and credentials, it would be an edge if the nurse had a clearer understanding of the patient's culture with the correct terminology to express their experience concisely instilling confidence with the sufferer.


Oppression disproportionately affects women, teens, and individuals of color and minorities. This is due to a failed system, in which the afore-mentioned groups lack safety prerequisites that can leave said groups vulnerable to trafficking.There is a high level of missing children and forgotten cases of minority children due to the patronage of the sex and human trafficking trades. However, advocacy gatherings have demonstrated that these lost cases of minors account for only a part of human trafficking cases. Non-profit groups such as Courtney’s House make these invisible children part of the conversation, especially those of color and other ethnic minorities, and provide help to their relatives and companions.

The Internet and social media have made trafficking extremely easy for perpetrator and increased visibility for the groups who may be illegal trafficked in the labor or sex trades. Predators are now able to follow young individuals through the instantaneous danger of geo tagging, and often know their victims whereabouts without any hesitation to draw them in due to the level of anonymity inherent in social media applications.We must place initiatives of education into motion and expose the human rights offenses against children of sexual exploitation. Moreover, we must erase the stigma of human trafficking to eradicate the quieting of survivors. We must investigate who they are, the motivation as to why this happens, and how to show an indicator of human trafficking. Racism is incorporated throughout the terrifying experience that is human trafficking. This perpetrates ideologies of segregation and marginalization, and inherently creates a higher risk of human trafficking for African American women and youth. Simply advocating for the release of trafficked girls is to broadly recognize the crime itself, while ignoring the dark mechanisms that make specific groups more vulnerable. Any helpless child can be the prey of sex trafficking and we cannot be blind; we need to find a solution for change.