How Does Sex Trafficking Happen?

You may think that human trafficking happens somewhere far away and to people much different from yourself. But the truth is: human trafficking exists in every country in the world, and possibly even in your hometown.

In the United States, sex trafficking of women and girls is unfortunately common.

How does sex trafficking happen?

This video was created by MetroEast in partnership with Northwest Family Services to raise awareness in their community during Human Trafficking Awareness Month (January). Their local community is in close proximity to the Interstate 5 Corridor, which runs from Southern California, through Oregon and Washington, to Canada, and is a prime spot for predators to find their victims to groom for the sex trafficking trade.

As explained in the video, predators often manipulate and deceive victims.

Her trafficker told us that he was her boyfriend. He went to church with us. But behind closed doors, he was selling her.

Please watch and share the video to continue to spread awareness!


MetroEast Community Media is located in Gresham, Oregon, right outside Portland. MetroEast teaches community members from all walks of life how to create media that invigorates civic engagement, inspires diverse voices, and strengthens communities. They boast two full production studios and four edit suites along with numerous camera and light kits, and two mobile units available for certified volunteers to check out. In addition, MetroEast empowers local government, community groups and non-profit organizations through media. A non-profit itself, MetroEast provides support via partnerships and offers platforms for non-profit groups to educate the community and promote their missions. Additionally, MetroEast has a dynamic youth media division called Get Reel. Get Reel offers specialized equipment, studio training and programs to help students and non-traditional filmmakers create and achieve. For more information go to www.metroeast.org.

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