Human Trafficking in America


Human trafficking is modern slavery. It exists around the world today, including the USA—and right here in West Michigan. Think it’s not happening in your neighborhood? Think again. Get the facts on sex trafficking, and find out how you can get involved.

What You Need to Know

  • The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) 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 an 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.
  • An estimated $32 billion is generated in annual revenue from all trafficking activities. (United Nations)
  • The U.S. State Department estimates there are 20.9 million people trapped in modern slavery around the world today.
  • Trafficked women in Michigan are vulnerable to drug and alcohol addictions.
  • Sex trafficking takes place on West Michigan streets and in homes or brothels.
  • The average age of entry into prostitution in the U.S. is 12 years old.
  • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says more than 58,000 children are kidnapped each year by non-family member. The National Runaway Switchboard estimates 2 million runaways a year in America.

For more information view the U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.

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