Anti-Human Trafficking

It was noted that traffickers can use teenage boys in high schools. What might that look like? Have the boys been trafficked themselves, or are they paid, or are the traffickers friends/fathers/relatives?

It can look many different ways. They potentially may have been trafficked themselves, however, this has not been the case in our experience (whether this is partly because of the male not reporting or identifying as being trafficked themselves is hard to say). They may be receiving payment for recruiting whether this is monetary or otherwise, or they may be working with friends or relatives, other peers, gang related potentially. Often it is an older male involved with the teenage recruiter and that older male may have a different underlying relationship with the male recruiter. It’s recommended not to look for the younger male recruiter, but to look at the relationship and ask “is it healthy, or manipulative?”