What Is Human Trafficking?

HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS A HIGHLY PROFITABLE CRIME

Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide – including right here in the United States. At any given time in 2016, an estimated 40.3 million people are in modern slavery, including 24.9 million in forced labor and 15.4 million in forced marriage.

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING
EARNS PROFITS OF
$150 BILLION A
FOR TRAFFICKERS

Where Does It Happen?

HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS HAPPENING ALL OVER THE WORLD INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES

It can happen in any community - big cities, small towns, suburbs - anywhere. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations.

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IT IS HAPPENING EVERYWHERE -
SUBURBS, RURAL TOWNS, CITIES

Who Are The Victims?

IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE - NO MATTER RACE, AGE OR GENDER

Traffickers target the vulnerable. They look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of a social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability.

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15.4 MILLION VICTIMS
1 IN 4 UNDER 18
71% WOMEN & GIRLS

References from the Department of Homeland Security: www.dhs.gov