Human trafficking is a reality around the world, and prevalent right here in the United States. While it takes many forms, including sex trafficking, forced labor and domestic servitude, the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking currently focuses our efforts on fighting sex trafficking.
There are hundreds of thousands, and potentially over a million, victims trapped in the world of sex trafficking in the United States. Because of the hidden nature of the crime, it is essentially impossible to know how many for sure. And while statistics vary on the number of children in the U.S. who are trafficked, we firmly believe the number is by far in excess of 100,000. Regardless of not knowing the exact number, it is clear that there is work to be done.
Women, men, girls and boys are all victims of sex trafficking in the United States, and the problem continues to grow. Some conservative estimates project 10% - 15% of trafficked children in the U.S. are boys, with a considerable portion of them transgender.
To end human trafficking, we must work together by identifying best practices across the country and help one another implement them in communities throughout the U.S. No one organization has the solution, and the areas of expertise needed are broad and deep. Focus on the restoration of victims, education of communities, law enforcement and students, and an all-out assault on fighting the demand are necessary to begin to see progress being made.