Vulnerable People Project

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If you are being trafficked ​or suspect trafficking activity ​in your area, please call the ​National Human Trafficking ​

Resource Center Hotline ​at ​1-888-373-7888 ​or Text “Be Free” to 233733.​

Human Trafficking Facts 

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.​

Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. It is estimated that human trafficking generates many billions of dollars of profit per year, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime.​

The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the US is 12 to 14 years old. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children.

Human trafficking is a hidden crime as victims  rarely come forward to seek help because of language barriers, fear of the traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement.​

Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. They look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of a 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, even in highly public settings.​

Many myths and misconceptions exist. Recognizing key indicators of human trafficking is the first step in identifying victims and can help save a life. Not all indicators listed are present in every human trafficking situation, and the presence or absence of any of the indicators is not necessarily proof of human trafficking.​

The safety of the public as well as the victim is paramount. Do not attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to any suspicions. It is up to law enforcement to investigate suspected cases of human trafficking.​

Human Trafficking Statistics 

​20.9 million people are in

modern slavery across the world

1.5 million people are in

slavery in developed economies

5.5 million children are in

slavery across the world

4.5 million people are in

forced into sexual exploitation

98% of people trafficked for sexual exploitation are women and girls

Globally, an estimated 71% of enslaved people are women and girls, while men and boys account for 29%.

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