Fighting Human Trafficking
by Mike Williams
Human trafficking is not something of the past; on the contrary, it’s one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. At NCBTMB, we’re more passionate than ever before about taking a stand against this atrocity.
Why is this important to NCBTMB?
Because while most of us are never aware of it, the fact is that many human traffickers are using our industry, the massage profession, as a front. In fact, it’s one of the most popular “covers” for human trafficking. That’s why we feel compelled to take notice, take a stand, and take action.
What we’re doing:
This month, for example, is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month. NCB is working to bring attention to human trafficking and in part, through the tools of social media, is drawing attention to the issue as well as providing ways people can get involved. One link, for example, provides support for Polaris Project, a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. NCB is also pleased to provide Polaris Project with a donation this month.
In addition, as NCB has reviewed and evolved our processes and programs over the past year or so, part of our new requirements include an anti-human trafficking pledge signed by every NCB assigned school, every NCB approved continuing education provider, and every Certified Massage Therapist. The Pledge assures awareness and action, if needed, as we work together to elevate the standards of our profession.
NCB will continue to keep this issue on the radar screen of our organization, our profession and our communities; and we won’t hesitate to take actions where we see fit in the fight against human trafficking within our profession.
What exactly is human trafficking?
Human trafficking involves both labor and sex, and is defined as the following:
- Labor trafficking is the “recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of…involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery."(1)
- Sex trafficking is defined under federal law as a commercial sex act induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced is under 18 years of age.(1)
Human Trafficking Statistics
- According to Polaris Project, there are more than 5,000 brothels in the U.S. that are disguised as massage parlors. (2)
- The United States is one of the highest countries of destination for sex trafficking victims. (3)
- Human trafficking is the fastest growing, and one of the largest criminal industries in the world.
- The majority of trafficking victims are between 18 and 24 years of age. (4)
- An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked each year. (5)
To learn more:
To learn more, including how to spot potential victims of human trafficking, please visit: http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2963.htm. If you believe that someone may be a potential victim, please call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at 1-888-3737-888.
Fact Sheet from the Obama Administration
For more information on human trafficking in the massage profession, visit:
Join us in the fight.