What does Human Trafficking look like in Boston?
Human Trafficking is a form of slavery with both global and local impact, making billions of dollars annually through the buying and selling of men women and children to abuse their lives and bodies in various forms of labor and sexual exploitation.
Boston is a hub for human trafficking in New England and an entry point for people brought into North America from around the world. Children born and raised in Boston are tricked into sex trafficking rings through relationships with false “boyfriends” or “modeling agencies”, adult refugees newly resettled in Chelsea are recruited into debt bondage by an employer taking advantage of their desperation for work, and House cleaners or nannies in Brighton are trapped and abused and threatened with deportation if they try to get help.
These are just a few examples of what Human Trafficking looks like locally, and through years of learning, and mapping out the systems of vulnerability recruitment and intervention the Abolitionist Network believes the Church in the Boston area has a crucial role to play in breaking these systems of exploitation.
The Systems of Human Trafficking
“No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.” Isaiah 58:6-7