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As a survivor of sex trafficking in America, I can’t begin to tell you how often victims are misidentified. We are not in a third world country, so trafficking is going to look very different today in our modern, developed society. Misidentification and learning the signs are crucial to help victims get out of sexual exploitation. Because I was never handcuffed to a bed like the media portrays, I though I must not be being trafficked. I didn’t fit into the stereotypical box all of us in our culture believes. I was unaware what a coercive tactic was when the man I thought was my boyfriend began his manipulation. Because of this misidentification, I never asked for help, law enforcement never noticed and my family friends believed the same lies I regurgitated to them. Many points of interception could have taken place but went un-noticed.
— Rebecca Bender

TVPA Defines Trafficking: The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act where such an act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age. 

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