About The Lightbulb

The Lightbulb is Enlighten’s custom online journal for stories, information, and data about Human Trafficking. Check out the stories on this page to learn more about the issue or find out what you can do to help.

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and to spread the word, we have designed two posters with human trafficking statistics. Use the hashtag #HumanTraffickingAwarenessMonth and wear blue on January 11th to support the cause! Click here to open a pdf version of the first poster. Click here to open a pdf version of the second…

How the Products you Buy Impact Slavery

Labor trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals perform labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Labor trafficking is more prevalent than most people know, and it comes in many forms, including child labor, forced domestic servitude, farm workers coerced through violence to harvest crops, and factory workers…

She came for an education. She was trafficked on IU’s campus.

Tebby Kaisara thought she was coming to IU to get an education. But the female IU student who sponsored her to come from Botswana stole her passport, told her she would be deported if she did not obey, and coerced her into working as a domestic servant for 18 months. She cleaned the student’s apartment, took care…

How a Bar of Soap Could Save a Sex Trafficking Victim.

June 14, 2016 CLEVELAND, Ohio – Some 50,000 people are expected to converge on Cleveland during the Republican National Convention in July. And among those who will not be there for political reasons are people who sell others for sex. Theresa Flores was trafficked as a teen and as a survivor founded S.O.A.P. or “soap”…

Myth: Trafficking kidnap victims they don’t know.

Many survivors have been trafficked by romantic partners, including spouses, and by family members, including parents. In a recent survivor-led panel in Columbus, Ohio, one survivor of human trafficking said she was first trafficked by her own mother.

Myth: Labor trafficking only occurs in developing countries.

Victims of labor trafficking work in deplorable conditions for little to no pay. In a recent PBS documentary, journalists found children from Guatemala — some as young as 12 — that were forced to live and work in virtual slavery on an Ohio egg farm to pay off their debts.

Myth: Human trafficking involves movement across borders.

Human trafficking is often confused with human smuggling, which involves illegal border crossings. Trafficking does not require any movement whatsoever. Survivors can be recruited and trafficked in their own home towns, even their own homes.