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What Is Human Trafficking?

The United States Department of State defines human trafficking as, “all criminal actions that reduce, hold, or compel someone into service. This includes the following forms of modern-day slavery:

Bonded Labor

Also known as debt bondage and peonage, happens when people give themselves into slavery as security against a loan or when they inherit a debt from a relative.

Child Soldiers

Any children under the age of 18 who are recruited by a state or non-state armed group and used as fighters, cooks, suicide bombers, human shields, messengers, spies, or for sexual purposes.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

A range of crimes and activities involving the sexual abuse or exploitation of a child for the financial benefit of any person or in exchange for anything of value.

Forced Labor

Situations in which persons are coerced to work through the use of violence or intimidation, or by more subtle means such as accumulated debt, retention of identity papers or threats of denunciation to immigration authorities.

Involuntary Domestic Servitude

A crime in which a domestic worker is not free to leave his or her employment and is abused and underpaid, if paid at all.

Organ Trafficking

A form of human trafficking. It can take different forms. In some cases, the victim is compelled into giving up an organ.

Sex Trafficking

Human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation, including sexual slavery, which is considered a form of modern slavery.


Survivor/Victim Quotes

Get help to get out, I did.
He said, I belonged to him and I was his property.
I am NOT for SALE!
We desperately need housing options specific for this population.
Peer recruitment is REAL, I was recruited by two friends.
I was in the ER 30 times, and NO One ever asked me if I was really okay.

Human Trafficking Statistics

Forced Labor

Sexual Exploitation

Children Slaves

Women & Girls Slaves

If You Suspect and/or See Something, Do Something or Say Something!

Top Venues

    Industries for Labor Trafficking

  • Domestic Work
  • Agriculture
  • Traveling Sales Crew
  • Restaurants/Food Service
  • Illicit Activities
  • Cruise Ships
  • Gaming/Casinos

    Industries for Sex Trafficking

  • Illicit Massage/Spa Business
  • Pornography
  • Social Media
  • Residence-Based Commercial Sex
  • Hotel/Motel Base
  • Online Ads