Human trafficking is a crime that forcefully exploits women, men, and children and involves transporting someone into a situation of exploitation. This can include forced labor, marriage, prostitution, and organ removal.
According to www.dosomething.org, roughly 50,000 people are trafficked into the US each year, and trafficking earns global profits of roughly $150 billion a year for traffickers, $99 billion of which comes from commercial sexual exploitation.
In 2018, over half (51.6%) of the criminal human trafficking cases active in the US were sex trafficking cases involving only children, and disturbingly, reports indicate that a large number of child sex trafficking survivors in the US were at one time in the foster care system.
In 2013, the United Nations designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons and declared it was necessary to raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.
For more information, resources or ways you can take action, visit dosomething.org or contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at https://humantraffickinghotline.org, 1-888-373-7888 or text *233733