Who Are the Victims?

Human trafficking can happen to anyone. Adults and children of all gender identities have been identified as victims of human trafficking in the United States. United States citizens and foreign nationals have both been trafficked in America.

Human trafficking occurs when a trafficker exploits a victim’s vulnerability for a profit. Significant risk factors include recent migration or relocation, drug or alcohol abuse, disabilities, poverty, involvement with the child welfare system and being a runaway or homeless youth. These vulnerabilities can be exploited by traffickers to leverage power and control over a victim. 

Women and girls of color are disproportionately vulnerable to sex trafficking.

In 2011, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics found that:

According to Rights4Girls:


of victims of sex trafficking are female


Roughly three quarters are people of color

This is born out in local examples, like those from King County, Washington

According to Rights4Girls:


of identified child sex trafficking victims are female


of identified child sex trafficking victims are Black

In Multnomah County, Oregon

According to Rights4Girls:


of identified child sex trafficking victims are female


of identified child sex trafficking victims are Black


Black people comprise less than 6% of the population

In Louisiana

According to Rights4Girls:


of identified child sex trafficking victims are Black females


Black girls comprise approximately 19% of Louisiana's youth population.

Want to learn more?

Learn more about who the victims are by clicking the link below.

Did you know?


Forced labor in the private economy generates an estimated $150 billion in illegal profits per year.


At any given time in 2016, an estimated 40.3 million people are in modern slavery.


Their are 5.4 victims of modern slavery for every 1,000 people in the world.

If you are in the United States and you need help or you want to learn more about human trafficking:

Call: 1 (888) 373-7888
National Human Trafficking Hotline
SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”)
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Languages: English, Spanish, and 200 more languages
Website: humantraffickinghotline.org



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