Human traffickers only make money when they can sell a person. As such, they literally do not exist except as cannibals of the body, the mind and the spirit.
The victim of a trafficker doesn’t start out that way. There is a lure, a promise, a recruitment process.
The trafficker is extremely good at psychology because they know they will have to use trickery to get what they want.
The victim starts out thinking they are special in some way.
The trafficker quickly turns things around and soon they hate themselves for how defective they supposedly are.
The trafficker threatens the victim, torments the victim, hits the victim, drugs the victim, and debases them.
The victim often dies from this. If they can keep enough strength and wits to get out, the trafficker tells them, “don’t leave me, I need you, you’re amazing” etc.
Most people are not victims of trafficking. But every single one of these criminals uses the tactics of abuse. When we start to see them for who they are and what they do, we will also root out pedophilia, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, workplace abuse, and a lot of other nasty stuff that exists in the bad side of human relationships.
If you are a victim of abuse, please know that nothing you’re being told by your abuser is true. There is a world out there, there are people out there who are normal, and they will believe and support you.
You aren’t “crazy,” but whoever has you or has a hold on you is extremely dangerous, and you need to get away from them.
By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal (Dossy). All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.