An overwhelming majority of human trafficking cases involve sex trafficking, according to a recent study issued by the National Institute of Justice.
The study collected data from 12 counties in states with varying levels of human trafficking legislation. 85 percent of the cases studied were sex trafficking, 11 percent were labor trafficking and four percent fell into both categories. Nearly all identified sex trafficking victims were female and 70 percent of suspects were male.
The study recommends improved training in the handling of trafficking cases for law enforcement professionals and the implementation of programs to provide protection for victims.
Read the study here.