What is Sex Trafficking?
Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of commercial sexual acts, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.
Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of commercial sexual acts in which the person induced to perform sexual acts is under 18 years of age. In the case of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, the three elements: force, fraud, or coercion do not need to be proven.
Force can include the physical abuse or assault, sexual abuse or assault, or physical restraint or confinement of a person for the purposes of forced commercial sex acts.
Fraud can include the false promises of work or the living conditions, grooming of a person, withholding promised wages, false agencies or job services.
Coercion may include threats of harm to self or others, debt bondage, psychological manipulation, document confiscation or making a person afraid of seeking help.
Industries and Locations
Sex trafficking can happen anywhere. This includes rural, suburban, and urban contexts. Many of the industries listed below all have experienced trafficking situations.
Human Trafficking is a multi-faceted crime, it will often involve labor trafficking, sex trafficking and a variety of other felony charges such as drug possession, and other forced criminal activities.
Resources in New Mexico
- Forced drug trafficking
- Forced sex work
- Forced begging
- Force criminal activity such as stealing cars, robbery, etc.
- Street-based prostitution
- Internet-based prostitution
- Possession of, Manufacturing of, or Distribution of Pornography or Child Pornography
- Survival Sex
- Trucking Businesses
- Agricultural Industries
- Oil and Gas Industries
- Work within their employers households:
- Provide services such as cooking, cleaning, child-care, elder care, gardening and other household work with little to no pay and/or forced sexual acts.
- Escort Services
- Massage parlors
- Nail Salons
- Night Clubs