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Human Trafficking:

The only way you will see it is if you look.

The Problem

The Realities of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is widespread and occurs throughout the United States, with California claiming the title as the most impacted of all U.S. states. Human Trafficking has quickly become one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing criminal enterprises, indiscriminately preying upon the young and the old, men and women, spanning across all socio-economic backgrounds.

Human Trafficking Is Defined As:


recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for labor, services, or commercial sex acts


or coercion


exploitation, involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, slavery, or any commercial sex act involving a minor

Where Does Trafficking Happen?

Human Trafficking Victims Can Often Be Found In These Places

Myth vs Reality

Human Trafficking Happens Everyday

Reality: Human trafficking is often confused with human smuggling, which involves illegal border crossings. In fact, most victims of human trafficking are recruited and trafficked in their own hometowns and their own homes.

Reality: 80% of trafficking victims are female and 50% are children. However, men and women of all ages are trafficked.

Reality: Traffickers may be a part of large criminal organizations, gangs, or drug cartels. However, many other traffickers are small business owners and individuals, and some trafficking is committed by family members of the victims.

Reality: 80% of human trafficking survivors in the United States are U.S. citizens, and most human trafficking in the U.S. occurs in New York, California, and Florida.

Reality: It can and often does. It hides in plain sight in our neighborhoods.

Human Trafficking Occurs All Around Us

Spot the Red Flags

that indicate sex trafficking might be happening.


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