Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. As defined under U.S. Federal Law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of “labor or services” such as domestic workers held in a home or farm-workers forced to labor against their will. The factors that each of these situations have in common are elements of force, fraud or coercion that are used to control people. That control is then tied to inducing someone into commercial sex acts, labor or services. Every year human traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits by victimizing millions of people around the world, including the United States. Human trafficking is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world.
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