Information on human trafficking in the United States is always welcome, but there is often a lot of repetition in what information is made available. When you’re asking how to prevent human trafficking in the United States, that’s not a million dollar question, it’s a multi-billion dollar question.
And the answer to it is both complicated and one that may never be fully answered. Bad actors are motivated by many things, not the least of which is money, power, and control over others.
Still, information is key tool in the ongoing fight over how to prevent human trafficking, and Business Insider has a timely and useful article presenting 20 Facts you should know about human trafficking in the U.S. Following is an excerpt of the introduction, but please read the whole item (link below) for all twenty of the facts sharing Information on human trafficking in the United States:
In 2016, then-President Barack Obama told the Clinton Global Initiative: “I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name: modern slavery. It is barbaric and it is evil and it has no place in a civilized world.”
Human trafficking is when people are recruited or harbored, by threat or force, to be exploited, according to the United Nations. Mostly, it’s commercial sex or labor exploitation, and a victim does not need to be transported anywhere in order to fall under the definition.
Trafficking is covert and illegal, and precise information is not easy to get. The US State Department and trafficking hotlines are helping to paint a clearer picture of what’s going on.
Hundreds of thousands of victims are estimated to be working in the sex industry, or in the hospitality, beauty, or agricultural industries where such conditions could be occurring.