Human trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery, is prevalent in the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security defines human trafficking as the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.
In 2016, it was estimated that 57,700 people were trafficked for the purpose of forced labor or sexual exploitation in the U.S. 70% of these victims were women and children being trafficked for exploitation.
It is estimated that between 15,000 and 50,000 women and children are forced into sex trafficking yearly in the U.S., but the estimations vary wildly from one report to the next because it’s considered a hidden crime and acts often go unreported.
While exact figures are still being studied, we do know that sex trafficking has grown exponentially with the help of the internet. Traffickers buy and sell victims for sexual exploitation and forced labor on internet platforms like Facebook and Craigslist.
There is also a large network of hotels and motels that are used as venues for sex trafficking, as well as massage parlors and truck stops.
While it can be difficult to spot a trafficked person or a trafficker, if you see something, say something. Contact your local law enforcement and report usual activity. If you are unsure, contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline 1-888-373-7888. This hotline can answer your questions and respond to crises in 170 languages.
Finally, if you or a loved one have been victimized by this horrific crime, our attorneys can help you. Call us at 888-588-1695, all correspondence is completely confidential. We will work hard to get you the justice you deserve.