There are very few of us aware of the extent of human trafficking in the US but are just becoming aware due to the crisis at the southern border. This illegal activity isn't just at the southern border. It is also imported through various visa applications and domestically (see below); for those sent here, they disappear to sweatshops and the sex industry once they clear Customs. Domestically, women and children are swept up by various means and reasons (see below). In the US, traffickers prey upon children in the foster care system. Recent reports have consistently indicated that many victims of child sex trafficking were at one time in the foster care system.
The Department of Homeland Security is very involved in human trafficking as well as the Department of State. The federal government needs to educate and make aware all the US departments and us, especially the armed forces, due to the prostitution that takes place around bases domestically and abroad.
Many victims are reluctant to come forth or give testimony in fear of what could happen to them. Enforcement of the law often tags the wrong person as the trafficker when these people are proxy frontman for the real trafficker to give the trafficker cover or protection.
If you suspect human trafficking activities or know of victims, you can call local law enforcement. You can get involved locally through the many nonprofit anti-human trafficking organizations such as The URSUS Institute at (704) 780-2933.
Nationally you can call the Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign program to report suspected human trafficking to Federal law enforcement: 1-866-347-2423 and to get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-73-7888 or text HELP or INFO to
Below are some of the statistics:
Recruitment of Victims in Criminal Sex Trafficking Cases Active in 2019
pre-existing relationship 23.3%
fraudulent job offers 19.7%
Schemes in Criminal Sex Trafficking Cases Active in 2019
organized crime-directed 3.5%
Visas of Victims in ACTIVE Criminal Human Trafficking Cases in 2019
Coercive Means in criminal Sex Trafficking Cases Active in 2019
39.9% Exploiting Substance dependency
43.7% threats of physical abuse
22.6% verbal or emotional abuse
59% Physical Abuse
72.9% WITHHOLDING PAY
27.1% sexual violence
5.3% Cages, Locked Rooms, or Barred Cells