Report: Rampant Human Trafficking in America


A national human trafficking hotline received more than 9,000 unique cases of human trafficking between 2007 and 2012, according to a recently published study by the Polaris Project, an advocacy group.

More than 42 percent of sex trafficking reports made to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) referenced pimp-controlled prostitution, according to the study.

The NHTRC receives tips through phone calls, emails and online reports. The study notes that tips to the NHTRC may represent just a small part of the nation’s overall human trafficking picture.

In the majority of sex trafficking cases, pimps recruited “their victims in social settings by showing romantic interest and later forcing them to provide commercial sex,” according to the study.

Sex acts were advertised or arranged online in a majority of cases, according to the study.

Among labor trafficking reports, more than 27 percent referenced domestic work.

“84% of these cases referenced victims who were from countries outside the United States,” researchers wrote.

Read the full study HERE.

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