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Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is occurring every day on a national and global level. It happens everywhere and involves the use of force, fraud, and coercion to exploit children and adults for forced labor or commercial sex acts.


This crime impacts not only women and girls, but also men and boys. Individuals become trapped in situations of abuse and are ultimately robbed of their freedom.

Human trafficking is largely a hidden crime. Many refer to it as “the crime that hides in plain sight.” Why? The signs are right in front of us, but many have not been trained to recognize it or equipped with the tools to help prevent it.


Traffickers learn and exploit a targeted victim’s vulnerabilities, aiming to create dependency. "[They] look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability. The trauma caused by the traffickers can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help" (Department of Homeland Security).

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40.3 Million Victims of Human Trafficking Globally

According to the International Labour Organization

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$150 Billion Global Industry Annually

According to the International Labour Organization


81% are trapped in forced labor

75% of them are women and girls

25% of them are children

The Forms

Labor Trafficking

Labor trafficking is the use of force, fraud, or coercion to compel children and adults to work against their will in many different industries. Common industries and businesses are: manufacturing, food service, housekeeping, and nannying.

Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking is the use of force, fraud, or coercion to compel children and adults to engage in commercial sex acts against their will. Common examples include: solicitation, personal sexual servitude, and pornography.

People's Shadows

How to Report

You can make a report (while remaining completely anonymous if preferred) by calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. Be specific and give as many details as you can to be helpful.


If you suspect someone is in immediate danger, call 911.

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