Who is a target?

Anyone can be a victim of exploitation. Men are usually trafficked into hard labor jobs, children are exploited into various industries and women and girls are especially vulnerable to sexual exploitation and domestic servitude.

People are lured into exploitation by the promise of a good job in another country; they are deceived by someone who they trusted or by whom they were befriended. It may even be a family member. In some cases victims are abducted through threats, force and the use of drugs. The majority of people who are trafficked voluntarily entered the situation in search of work abroad or a better life, but are then deceived or forced into an exploitative situation.

Victims of exploitation have the right to protection, the opportunity to be heard, to dignified return to their home country or community, and other assistance and support. Victims are not responsible and cannot be prosecuted for the act of trafficking, entry or exit of the FSM without proper documentation, or use of false documentation and for overstay of their resident permit.

Human trafficking affects 27 million people worldwide.

Anyone can be a victim.

No community is immune to human trafficking.

Victims of human trafficking are controlled physically, emotionally and financially by their traffickers.


Victims are not Criminals

A trafficked person shall not be subject to criminal prosecution with respect to:

a) the act of human trafficking;

b) that person's entry into the receiving country

c) that person's unlawful residence in the receiving country; and

d) that person's procurement or possession of any fraudulent travel or identity document.

Special Youth Announcement

A human trafficking recruiter was using facebook profiles to communicate with young ladies - do you know what's going on in your community? Ladies who consume social media should read this.

Youth are targeted using social media.

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