Disability as a Risk Factor
Persons with mental or physical disabilities have a higher rate of being groomed for trafficking and for being trafficked due to real or perceived vulnerabilities. Worse, the social isolation such people often suffer makes them additionally vulnerable to being manipulated and shamed -- therefore controlled by traffickers.
For more information about supporting and helping victims who are disabled and/or protecting disabled persons by raising awareness among them and their caregivers, here are some important sources.
From the Office for Victims of Crime (summary)
National Disability Rights Network (fact sheet)
"Trafficking Survivors with Disabilities" (white paper)
Sarah Bessell on the Human Trafficking and Pro Bono Disabled Victims Legal Center (videos)
Alliance for Freedom, Restoration, and Justice (article)