March 15, 2021
Human trafficking is a crime that involves exploiting a person for labor, service, or commercial sex. Trafficking takes place globally and within the United States. Each year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. However, while human trafficking can occur anywhere particular groups are especially vulnerable, such as victims of generational trauma and systemic inequalities. Traffickers use force, fraud, and coercion to control their victims. The Obama administration committed the United States to being a leader in the global movement against human trafficking and asked federal agencies to develop a plan to strengthen services for victims of human trafficking, focusing on coordinating support for victims.
- Hilary Axam, Director, Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, Department of Justice.
- Lindsey Roberson, Senior Legal Counsel, Human Trafficking Institute.
- Suleman Masood, Council Member, The United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking at U.S. Department of State.
- Lori Cohen, ECPAT USA Executive Director.