Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. This heinous crime is happening in our world today and you can help end it. Learning the facts about trafficking is an important first step.
The U.S. government defines two common forms of trafficking in this way.
Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age.
Labor trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
Human trafficking is believed to be the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprise and is an estimated $32 billion-a-year global industry. 
Human trafficking is also life threatening. A large research study monitored outcomes among nearly 2,000 prostituted individuals in the U.S. Researchers found that the average life expectancy among these individuals was 7 years. Homicide was the leading cause of death. Fatalities also occurred through suicide; drug- and alcohol-related issues; and AIDS. 
What is Child Trafficking?
Child trafficking is the abuse of children for profit. It includes the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons who are under the age of 18 years for the purpose of exploitation.  Many cases of child trafficking have involved the following. 
- Commercial sex
- Forced begging
- Magazine sales crews
- Restaurant work
- Nail and hair salon services
- Agricultural work
- Drug cultivation
- Drug sales
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) is believed to be the most prevalent form of child trafficking.  Some young victims are marketed for sex on street corners or in clubs; others are advertised online. Still others are exploited for profit within their own homes. 
Traffickers prey on children as young as 9 years of age. They target minors through social media, at after-school programs, at malls, at bus stations, in clubs, and through friends or acquaintances who recruit students on school campuses. 
Human trafficking is a global problem of epidemic proportions. Every inhabited region of the world is touched by this crime, including the United States. The International Labour Organization estimates that 20.9 human beings are enslaved, and that 26% of those victims (5.5 million) are children. 
Cases of human trafficking have been reported in all 50 U.S. states , and hundreds of thousands of American children are believed to be at risk of commercial sexual exploitation. 
Human trafficking is slavery. It’s happening now. It’s happening around the world and in our own communities. We must work together to end this atrocity.