With three major airports, inexpensive bus transportation, train service along the east coast, large sporting events and disposable income, Maryland is a prime location for human traffickers, according to the state task force on human trafficking.
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery and it includes debt bondage, forced labor and sex trafficking. This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against their will.
Force, fraud, or coercion does not need to be used if the individual engaging in commercial sex is under 18 years of age, according to Polaris, a leading data-driven social justice movement.
All forms of human trafficking and abuse contribute to individuals, families and communities experiencing trauma which leads to chronic poverty, addiction, incarceration, violence and instability.
Springboard Community Services’ team of clinicians, case managers, housing navigators and staff work together to treat victims and survivors of abuse.
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