Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that involves the act of recruiting or obtaining a person through force, coercion, or fraud for the purpose of labor or commercial sex acts. While many people living in the United States might assume this issue is one that exists elsewhere in the world beyond American borders, this couldn’t be any further than the truth. Rather than turn a blind eye, it is essential that people are educated on the topic of human trafficking and learn what they can do to help by getting involved in anti trafficking organizations. Here are five facts that you should know about human trafficking in the United States.
- Human Trafficking Happens in all 50 States
The issue of human trafficking is not confined to only some select parts of the United States, rather cases of trafficking have been reported in all 50 states and U.S. territories. California is the most affected state in the country.
- Women and Girls Are Often Victims
While both males and females can be human trafficking victims, globally 71% of enslaved victims are female. The data is even more concerning when it comes to sex trafficking victims with 99% of all enslaved individuals being women.
- The Issue Is Growing
Rather than get better, human trafficking is a much larger issue than ever before. The internet makes it increasingly easy for traffickers to get in contact with potential victims and lure them into the industry.
- Minors Are Affected
Human trafficking can affect both children and adults, but the most common age of a minor who enters the sex trade in the United States is between 12 and 14 years old. However, there are cases involving children much younger.
- Most Victims in the United States Are Citizens
Trafficking of migrants in the United States is certainly an issue, but a majority of victims are from the United States. Some reports claim as many as 85%.