What is Human Trafficking?
Human Trafficking is defined as the recruitment, transport, transfer, harboring or receipt of a person by such means as threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction or deceptive exploitation of a human being.
How Widespread is Human Trafficking?
It is difficult to assess the complete number of trafficked persons, because the crimes invariably take place underground. Also, victims are often not identified or misidentified. Conservative statistics would indicate that the number of victims worldwide reach approximately 2.5 million people.
How Many Human Trafficking Victims Are There in the United States?
Most law enforcement officials ballpark the number in the 250,000 person range.