Human trafficking and sexual exploitation are prevalent in America today.

Please click on the drop-down menus for organizations working to combat sex trafficking.

Read below for an introduction to trafficking in America.

Hilary Clinton on human trafficking

Sexual exploitation of children - some facts

According to the National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST), DMST it is the commercial sexual exploitation of American children within U.S. borders. It is the “recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act” * where the person is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident under the age of 18 years.  The age of the victim is the critical issue — there is no requirement to prove force, fraud, or coercion was used to secure the victim’s actions. In fact, the law recognizes the effect of psychological manipulation by the trafficker, as well as the effect of threat of harm which traffickers / pimps use to maintain control over their young victims. DMST includes but is not limited to the commercial sexual exploitation of children through prostitution, pornography, and/or stripping. 

Experts estimate at least 100,000 American juveniles are victimized through prostitution in America each year. Domestic minor sex trafficking is child sex slavery, child sex trafficking, prostitution of children, commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), and rape of a child.

Read the National Report in full here

Human Trafficking in America

Sex trafficking in America

Click on the link below to show you documented cases of human trafficking all over the USA (by the Not For Sale Campaign).

Slavery Map

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, human trafficking has become the second largest growing criminal activity, behind drug trafficking, with approximately half of the victims being children, a $32 billion industry. This is the reason why President Obama declared January to be National Human Trafficking Awareness month.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) surveyed 155 countries for its report on modern-day slavery, but didn't say how many people it believes are victims of human trafficking. Estimates range from 800,000 new victims each year, according to the U.S. State Department, to 2.5 million, according to the International Labor Organization.


More than half the victims are in India, China and Southeast Asia, which Clinton has visited. Most are enslaved by private employers, but millions work the sex trade or are in state-imposed forced labor.

Watch her remarks on the new 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report below.

Hilary Clinton remarks on 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day - January 11th

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day video

* Definition according to the US federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA).