Contrary to a common assumption, human trafficking is not just a problem in other countries. Cases of human trafficking have been reported in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and some U.S. territories. Victims of human trafficking can be children or adults, U.S. citizens or foreign nationals, male or female.
According to U.S. government estimates, thousands of men, women, and children are trafficked to the United States for the purposes of sexual and labor exploitation. An unknown number of U.S. citizens and legal residents are trafficked within the country primarily for sexual servitude and, to a lesser extent, forced labor.
In addition to a list of resources and publications, the Human Trafficking of Children in the United States Fact Sheet for Schools (pdf) also answers the following questions:
- What Is Human Trafficking?
- What Is the Extent of Human Trafficking in the United States ?
- How Does Human Trafficking Affect Our Schools?
- How Do I Identify a Victim of Human Trafficking?
- How Do I Report a Suspected Incidence of Human Trafficking?
- How Does the United States Help Victims of Human Trafficking?