Like victims, traffickers come from all parts of society – every race, gender, and socio-economic group.
Boyfriend/Girlfriend: A common type is an attractive polished man (or woman) in their early 20s, who pretends to be a girlfriend or boyfriend to the teen.
Gangs: Criminal gangs also play a significant role in trafficking, sometimes using associates with a less threatening appearance to make the initial approach.
Employers: Fake employers also lure victims in, to both sex and labor trafficking with promises of modeling or other glamorous careers.
Family: Finally, some victims are trafficked by their own family members (or foster parents).