7 Ways Human Traffickers Recruit Victims Through Internet

Today is the World Day against Trafficking in Persons; and international efforts are ongoing to stop the trend and make the world safe for all, especially the vulnerable such as children and girls.

Social media is increasingly being exploited to contact, recruit and sell children for sex, according to a study by The University of Toledo Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute.

As reported, the study reveals how traffickers quickly target and connect with vulnerable children, girls and other victims on the Internet through social media.

The following are seven tricks employed by human traffickers to lure and trap their victims:

• They use fake job posts to recruit unsuspecting victims.

• They ask for sexually explicit photos and use such to blackmail their unsuspecting victims eventually.

• Traffickers study what potential victim posts on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram or SnapChat, as well as dating apps such as Tinder, Blendr and Yellow, or webcam sites like Chatroulette and Monkey.

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• They learn about the girls and pretend to understand their victims, most of whom almost always feel misunderstood, unloved and ugly.

• Examples of social media posts that draw the attention of a trafficker include expressions of fear , emptiness and disappointment, such as , ‘ I am so sick of being single;’ ‘ I am so ugly;’ ‘ My life sucks;’ ‘ My parents don ’ t trust me;’ ‘ I ’ m being treated like a kid;’ ‘ I need to get out of here, ’ etc.

• Predators also look for indicators of substance abuse, runaway activity, and destabilization within the home.

• A trafficker’ s strategic response include: ‘I understand you;’ ‘ I love you;’ ‘ I think you’ re beautiful. I ’ ll encourage you to show your body. Use your body;’ ‘ I ’ ll make your life better;’ ‘ I ’ ll encourage you to take risks. You ’re an adult;’ ‘ I ’ ll protect you;’ ‘ I ’ ll make you successful;’ etc.

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( Sources: the University of Toledo Research on Human Trafficking, Ohioattorneygeneral. gov , Phys)

Updated: August 3, 2019 — 8:13 am


  1. My earnest prayer is that that God expose those set of wicked people

  2. nice one..a lot of people are soft at heart,and get carried away with the fake love..please this post needs to be shared across..and warn them of this evil ones.

  3. Hmmmm what a world
    Thanks for the advice it is very helpful

  4. , I will encourage everyone to share this post on her facebook page, this info is very vital

  5. It is well ooo,I’m short of words wonders shall never,I don’t know what dis world is turning into.

  6. It is well ooo,I’m short of words wonders shall never,I don’t know what dis world is turning into,may God save us

  7. Nigeria should pls learn from this may God help and save us from this traffickers.

  8. It is only by God’s grace that we are living,if not the days are evil.

  9. This information is very wonderful and I really love the information and thanks

  10. This is serious sincerely speaking may God saves us from this people

  11. Thanks for this big information.
    We just have to be careful with the internet.

  12. All the method use by the trafficked use is good but it very real for all of the method to work

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