Trafficking Victims

Human trafficking, a form of slavery, is a violent crime and a public health concern. Victims of trafficking have been forced to work or provide services (labor trafficking), or forced to engage in commercial sex (sex trafficking) by force, fraud, or coercion. Minors induced in commercial sex are victims of human trafficking regardless if force, fraud, or coercion is present.

Victims of human trafficking served with funding provided by the Office of Refugee Resettlement are generally trafficked into the United States from Asia, Central and South America, and Eastern Europe, and include men, women, and children. Trafficking victims certified by the Office of Refugee Resettlement are eligible for the same services as refugees.

If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 to find help. You can also text “HELP” or “INFO” to 233733. Learn more at

For more information on human trafficking, please consult the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.


Sources and further information:

International Labour Office – Profits and Poverty: The economics of forced labour

International Labour Office – 2017 Global Estimates of Modern Slavery

Human Trafficking Hotline – Statistics