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The United States Department defines human trafficking as: all criminal actions that reduce, hold, or compel someone into a service. This includes the following forms of modern-day slavery: forced labor, bonded labor, involuntary domestic servitude, sex trafficking, child sex trafficking, and child soldiers.


Trafficking Statistics

Despite the significant disruptions to efforts to combat this crime, the anti-trafficking community found ways to adapt and forged new relationships to overcome the challenges.


The problem is larger than you think

78% of slaves are used for labor, 22% of slaves are used for sex, 71% of slaves are women and girls, and 33% of slaves are children. One person is trafficked every 10 minutes.

Human Trafficking


Is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labour, sexual slavery, or sexual exploitation for the trafficker.

Sex Trafficking


Occurs when a trafficker exploits an individual with force, fraud, or coercion to make them perform commercial sex.

Organ Trafficking


Is the practice of stealing or buying organs through exploitation to be sold on a black market for profit.

Internet Trafficking


How to identify victims of human trafficking

Identifying human-trafficking victims is an important step in getting them the help they need. Below are common indicators of a potential trafficking victim: 

  • Does the person act fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, nervous, or paranoid?
  • Does the person always defer to another person to speak for him or her?
  • Does the person have signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture?
  • Does the person freely contact friends or family?
  • Does the person have freedom of movement? Does the person work excessively long and/or unusual hours?
  • Is the person allowed to socialize or attend religious services?
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