Why we do this work

Human trafficking crosses borders and disciplines.  It does not exist in isolation. However, we often research it and even try to combat it from our own silos.  Dr. Munro-Kramer and Prof. Carr both realized how much they were missing by working exclusively within their own disciplines.  In an effort to help both the Human Trafficking Clinic’s clients and the research in this field they decided to collaborate on research, outreach, and trainings by forming the Human Trafficking Collaborative. The resources included in this website, including the continuing education module and survivor and provider videos, highlight the need for interdisciplinary collaboration to address the complex problem of human trafficking.

Case Studies Spotlight on Human Trafficking in America

Labor Trafficking

Emma was 19 and living in Micronesia when Edk Kenit and Choimina Luka promised her an education and the opportunity to travel in the United States. When she arrived in Tacoma, Washington, they forced her to work in a chicken processing plant. They kept all her pay from the plant, and required her to cook and clean their home and take care of their children. Emma was not allowed to leave the home, and Kenit and Luka kept her passport. Eventually, a neighbor helped Emma escape. Kenit and Luka pled guilty to forcing Emma into servitude by withholding her documents and were sentenced to prison.

* Individual’s name has been changed for their protection

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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