The term human trafficking is an overarching concept that includes various multifaceted and intersecting forms of maltreatment. Existing on a larger continuum of violence, human trafficking is ultimately a type of abuse and exploitation perpetrated for the purpose of labor or sex. Due to the great extent of human trafficking that is perpetrated for sexual purposes, this entry focuses on sex trafficking. Additionally, this entry emphasizes the impact of human trafficking on individual well-being across the lifespan.

Human trafficking includes the attempt or execution of acts such as recruitment (a process whereby a recruiter or trafficker pursues and grooms a victim), harboring (the provision of shelter in exchange for labor or sexual servitude), transportation (the movement of a victim from one location to another despite state ...

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