83% of Human Trafficking cases investigated involved US Citizens; 94% were female victims

April 28, 2011

Washington D.C. - Department of Justice released a study of over 2,500 cases that were investigated for human trafficking. All cases occurred between January 2008 - June 2010.
Department of Justice defined human trafficking as "the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person to perform labor or a commercial sex act through force, fraud, or coercion. Any commercial sex act performed by a person under age 18 is considered human trafficking, regardless of whether force, fraud, or coercion is involved." under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

Some of the data uncovered:
  • 94% of sex trafficking victims were female
  • 83% of sex trafficking victims were US citizens
  • 81% of confirmed suspects were male
"Data in this BJS report are from the Human Trafficking Reporting System (HTRS), which was designed to capture performance measures from law enforcement agencies in federally funded human trafficking task forces. The information in the report is provided in response to a congressional mandate for biennial reporting on the scope and characteristics of human trafficking incidents in the United States. HTRS is currently the only system that captures information on state and local law enforcement agency investigations of human trafficking incidents."

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