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Deaf Human Trafficking Victims: Why they are targets, how to help

Slavery never ended: today, we call it human trafficking. Author explains why deaf women human trafficking victims are often targets.
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Slavery never ended: today, we call it human trafficking. It has about 20 million victims around the world. The victims provide forced labor as factory workers, beggars, or sex workers. Meanwhile, many of them are deaf human trafficking victims. Human trafficking rings target Deaf people because it is harder for them to ask for help. Human trafficking rings also target other people with disabilities for similar reasons. The author explains why Deaf women, and other people with disabilities, are more likely to be victims in human trafficking. Additionally, she explains why people in developing countries are at higher risk. She also mentions services that can help deaf human trafficking victims in the UK or in the US.

Melissa Withers published this article in Psychology Today in 2017. This web page has some accessibility barriers for people using screen reading software. For example, most images do not use alternative tags to describe them for people who can’t see. 

Also explore our other resources on deaf women. Or else, explore other resources on human rights.

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