Human Trafficking

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Human Trafficking is when people profit from the control and exploitation of others. There are two types of human trafficking: sex trafficking and labor trafficking. It occurs within and across U.S. borders, victimizing both U.S. citizens and non-citizens, both children and adults, both men and women.

Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery involving the exploitation of persons for labor or commercial sex. Those who recruit minors for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation violate anti-trafficking laws, even if there is no force, fraud or coercion. 

Trafficking can involve school-age youth, particularly those made vulnerable by challenging family situations, and can take a variety of forms including forced labor, domestic servitude and commercial sexual exploitation (prostitution).

The children at risk are not just high school students; studies show that the average age a child is trafficked into the commercial sex trade is between 11 and 14 years old. Traffickers may target minor victims through social media websites, telephone chat-lines, after school programs or through other students who are used by the traffickers to recruit other victims. 

Reporting Suspected Human Trafficking

You can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 or text INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733) to get help or connect with a service provider in your area. The center is not a law enforcement or immigration authority and is operated by a non-governmental organization.

Information for Educators

General Information about Human Trafficking

Resources for Victims

Training & Technical Assistance Resources