Above image is from Polaris.com and depicts the number of human trafficking cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline and Polaris BeFree Textline.

Human trafficking is now the 2nd largest source of profits for international organized crime, behind drugs.

  • Human trafficking generates $9.5 billion annually in the United States.
  • A pimp can make $150,000 to $200,000 each year, and the average pimp has 4 to 6 girls.
  • 14 is the average age of a trafficked victim in the United States, with girls as young as five known to have trafficked and sold into child prostitution.
  • Approximately 300,000 children are at risk of being prostituted in the United States.
  • 1/3 of teens on the street will be lured towards prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home.

*Statistics from U.S. Department of Justice, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Human Trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others; this crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex or soliciting labor services against his/her will. Traffickers use violence, threats, blackmail, false promises, deception, manipulation, and debt bondage to trap vulnerable individuals in horrific situations. Sex trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues within the commercial sex industry, including residential brothels, online escort services, fake massage businesses, strip clubs, and street prostitution.

Human Trafficking became a federal crime with the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protections Act (TVPA). Both labor trafficking and sex trafficking are covered under the TVPA. Sex Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age (22 USC § 7102; 8 CFR § 214.11(a)).

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