WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting 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).
Labor trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery, (22 USC § 7102).
The Action-Means-Purpose Model - https://humantraffickinghotline.org/type-trafficking/human-trafficking
Our Nation At A Glance:
- Human trafficking is the fastest-growing organized crime activity in the United States, making almost $32 billion a year for traffickers while destroying the lives of tens of thousands of innocent children. SOURCE
- Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline operated by Polaris, has received reports of 28,291 sex trafficking cases inside the United States. SOURCE
- In 2017, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, estimated that 1 in 7 endangered runaways reported to them were likely sex trafficking victims. SOURCE
- NCMEC reported an 846% increase from 2010 to 2015 in reports of suspected child sex trafficking. SOURCE
- 16 is the average age a person falls victim to sex trafficking. SOURCE
- The Department of Justice has reported that more than half of sex-trafficking victims are 17 years old or younger. SOURCE
- Over 70% of trafficking victims are U.S. citizens. SOURCE
- On average, traffickers earn over $500,000 per year from their victims. SOURCE
- 50% OF ADULTS ARRESTED FOR PROSTITUTION ACTUALLY MEET THE FEDERAL DEFINITION FOR CLASSIFICATION AS VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, BUT ARE UNIDENTIFIED OR MISIDENTIFIED WITHIN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. SOURCE