Human trafficking overlaps in several ways with domestic violence and sexual assault.
Domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking often involve stalking. The Department of Justice defines stalking as “a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.” Stalking may take many forms, but some common forms include:
Victims of trafficking and other forms of abuse are often also victims of stalking. When trying to leave a trafficking or abuse situation, individuals are at risk for stalking, which poses a serious threat to their safety. Being aware of the signs of stalking can help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking protect their safety and can help service providers assist victims in creating individualized safety plans.
Visit the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC) website to learn more about the signs, prevalence, and impacts of stalking, laws related to stalking, and resources for service providers and for individuals who are being stalked.