Human trafficking is slavery. Legally, it is the exploitation by force, fraud, or coercion of vulnerable people for forced labor, domestic servitude, or commercial sex operations.
Did you know that every 30 seconds a human being and is being sold, bought, or forced into slavery?
Did you know that after drug trafficking, human trafficking is the 2nd most lucrative business for organized crime? It will soon be number one. Think about this: When a criminal sells drugs, the drugs are gone. A human can be sold again and again.
Human trafficking yields an estimated 32 billion dollars per year.
There are 3 main areas for Human Trafficking: forced labor, domestic servitude, and commercial sexual exploitation.
Forced labor includes agricultural work, hotel housekeeping, restaurant work, nails salon, factory work, massage parlors, and construction.
Domestic servitude includes maids, household servants, governesses, assisted living help, and personal sexual exploitation (mail order brides).
Commercial sexual exploitation includes forced prostitution, exotic dancing, massage parlors.
Victims may be smuggled in from other countries, but increasingly come from within the United States. Investigations show that between 100,000 to 300,00 U.S. children are trafficked within the US every year.
82% of human trafficking cases are brought to the attention of police by someone who had knowledge of human trafficking or had a gut feeling something was not right.