Human trafficking is a fundamental human rights violation. It robs individuals of their freedom and dignity, splinters families, and threatens public safety and national security.
Today, human trafficking takes many forms. Cases may involve migrants (both documented and undocumented), the exploitation of children who have run away from home to escape abuse, and the abuse of developmentally disabled adults who are forced to work for long hours with little pay.
Unfortunately, trafficking victims don’t always see themselves as victims, often blaming themselves for their situation. This makes discovering the crime more difficult for law enforcement because victims rarely self-report.
During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month (January), see the Human Trafficking Special Feature for information and resources from OJP and other federal sources.