BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) –It has been compared to modern day slavery, and it is happening right here in Louisiana. Human trafficking afflicts people of all walks of life. “Whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, human trafficking exists in our community and within our state,” said George Mills. Mills runs Hope House, a rehabilitation center for victims of human trafficking tucked away in the woods of South Louisiana.

Traffickers control others through threats of violence or deportation, withholding of identification or other documents. They may also provide drugs or alcohol, engage in verbal abuse or threaten to return youth to an abusive home. They operate by familiarity with the system and the community and may make direct or implied threats to family members. Withholding of food, water, affection or privileges may also be used.Here are some red flags

“It’s a sacred space,” says Martha Linehan. Martha’s a therapist and arts coordinator at OPS, which stands for Organization for Prostitution Survivors. Every Saturday, OPS opens its doors and invites survivors to take part in an arts workshop. “I can say a lot of things through my art that I would never say out loud,” says survivor Rekina, who walked through the doors at OPS a year and a half

A Franklin County, Pa., man was arrested Wednesday night outside a Hagerstown-area hotel after he allegedly brought a juvenile there for prostitution, but instead was caught in an undercover police operation targeting human trafficking, according to Washington County District Court records. Sergio Antonio Vargas, 25, of Nottingham Road in Chambersburg, Pa., was charged with contributing to the condition of a child, running a prostitution business and violations of three human-trafficking

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