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. § 7102(9)). (United States. Department of Justice. Human Trafficking. Retrieved from https://www.justice.gov/humantrafficking)