What Is Human Trafficking?

Human Trafficking is a crime that involves exploiting a person for labor, services, or commercial sex.

In 2000, for the first time, the United States specifically identified human trafficking as a crime and put into law The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. This act defines Human Trafficking as:

  • Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or
  • The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. (22 U.S.C. ยง 7102(9)). (United States. Department of Justice. Human Trafficking. Retrieved from https://www.justice.gov/humantrafficking)

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