Human trafficking is a complex issue that often involves forced criminality.
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"When I was arrested, everyone that I did have in my life left me. They didn't care. For almost every person in my life, when I was arrested, I was gone. Having [my case manager with me] made my time in prison easier. She stayed with me the whole time and motivated me to better myself"

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Why do we partner with our state's jails and prisons to provide a dedicated case manager and occupational therapist to serve those incarcerated?

In this newsletter, we delve into the complex connection between forced criminality and human trafficking. Join us as we explore this issue and discuss how we can work together to provide healthy pathways for individuals to form long-lasting life management skills and address barriers that come after incarceration as they reenter into society.


Traffickers love to exploit vulnerabilities. Traffickers recruit vulnerable victims through positive reinforcement like grooming, showing love, and fulfilling needs. Through these methods, they disarm their victims and neutralize support systems. Traffickers then coerce or force a victim to cross a line, like physical abuse, sexual abuse, or forced criminality. The fact that victims crossed that line is then used to further control them, enforce their silence, or discredit them if they ever come forward. The more times those lines are crossed, the more tools the trafficker gains against the victim. As the horror of the victim’s situation escalates, turning against the trafficker gets harder and harder.

Take Keyana's story:


What the pimp told her to do, she did--to avoid or deescalate the violence she knew would follow if she said no and because that was the only life she knew. Sometimes that meant posting pictures of other recruits on Craigslist. She did whatever illegal task he put her up to. Rather than finding freedom when the FBI stepped in, Keyana got charged with trafficking herself. “The charge I ignorantly pleaded out to made it look like I was doing the same things he did to me, to other women and girls,” Keyana said. “The reality of the situation was that I was on drugs because that was the trafficker’s tool to achieve compliance. I did not consent to, nor did I profit from any illegal misconduct involving other girls/women that resulted from my exploitation. Just like every other slave, I was there because I was manipulated, in fear of homelessness, struggling with drug dependency and fearful of the abuser.”


ASU Office of Sex Trafficking Research

For many we serve, criminal activity and substance use was introduced by their trafficker and becomes a method of survival. Returning to crime and their trafficker is the easy option when that is what they know. Getting released from incarceration can be one of the happiest moments for some, but that joy can quickly fade when the realities of life in the free world take hold and they face the fear of failing once again.

This takes us back to "Why does Call to Freedom partner with our state's jails and prisons to provide a dedicated case manager and occupational therapist to serve those incarcerated?"

Call to Freedom helps provide healthy pathways for individuals in jail and prison setting to form long-lasting life management skills and address barriers as they reenter society after incarceration.

To help define and navigate this pathway for clients, Call to Freedom's Reentry Team developed a Reentry Workbook. This resource helps clients process and plan what is needed leading up to and after their release.

It provides a list of resources and shows the clients that they have option. The workbook also can be used to hold them accountable to the goals they have set for themselves.

We are thankful for our Reentry Team and the passion they have in walking alongside clients coming out of incarceration.

Learn more about forced criminalization and Call to Freedom's work with Reentry

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