Sex trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals perform commercial sex through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Minors under the age of 18 engaging in commercial sex are considered to be victims of human trafficking, regardless of the use of force, fraud, or coercion.” 

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.

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.





Call immediately if you believe you have information about a potential trafficking situation.

Call Specialists at NHTRC are available 24/7 to take confidential reports of potential human trafficking or an anonymous tip can be submitted at HUMANTRAFFICKINGHOTLINE.ORG. Interpreters are available.




  • An estimated 27 million adults and 13 million children are being forced into slavery around the world.

  • Approximately 75- 80% is for sex.

  • 80% are female under 24 – 50% are children as young as 5 years old.

  • An estimated 30 thousand victims of sex trafficking die each year from abuse, disease, torture and neglect.

  • Around the globe human trafficking generates up to $31.6 billion.

  • The FBI estimates that over 100,000 children and young women are trafficked in America today. 

  • Human trafficking is the fastest growing illegal enterprise of this century.


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