Human Trafficking Search seeks to raise awarenessprevent, and help facilitate the elimination of human trafficking worldwide.

Rating State Efforts to Combat Child Sex Trafficking – A Review of the 2017 Protected Innocence Challenge 

How effectively does your state address child sex trafficking? Shared Hope International’s Protected Innocence Challenge grades each state and the District of Columbia on their efforts to combat child sex trafficking; the HTS Blog reviews these grades and national progress to end child sex trafficking. Encourage your state to #raisethegrade

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Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, in which human beings are controlled and exploited for profit. Perpetrators use force, fraud, or coercion to manipulate and establish control over individuals.

This report focuses on the perspectives of law enforcement agencies and victim service providers that have encountered human trafficking in Indian country or of Native Americans regardless of location. This report addresses the following questions: (1) To what extent have tribal and major city law enforcement agencies encountered human trafficking in Indian country or of Native Americans? (2) What factors affect the ability of tribal and major city law enforcement agencies to identify and investigate human trafficking in Indian country or of Native Americans? (3) What are the perspectives of tribal and major city law enforcement agencies and selected...

This report focuses on federal efforts to address human trafficking in Indian country or of Native Americans regardless of location. We will issue a second report later this year that will include perspectives from tribal and local law enforcement agencies and victim service providers on human trafficking in Indian country or of Native Americans regardless of location. Specifically, this report addresses the following questions: (1) To what extent do federal agencies collect and maintain data on investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking in Indian country or of Native Americans regardless of location? 2) To what extent are federal grant...

Given the underground nature of trafficking, the consequences of trafficking are hidden and difficult to see. Trafficked persons often have limited access to basic necessities such as safety, food, sleep, hygiene, and medical care.

Human trafficking is the exploitation of a person typically through force, fraud or coercion for purposes such as forced labor or commercial sex, and it involves vulnerable populations including Native Americans. Several components within DOJ, DHS, and the Department of Interior investigate and prosecute human trafficking in Indian country, and federal agencies provide grant funding to support efforts to combat trafficking and assist victims. This testimony focuses on trafficking occurring in Indian country or involving Native Americans and addresses the extent to which: (1) federal agencies collect and maintain data on investigations and prosecutions; (2) tribal and major city...

Human Trafficking most often occurs in plain sight, contrary to the common conception. Being aware of human trafficking indicators is the first step in making a difference in the lives of those who may be entrapped.

Health care providers have an important, proactive role to play in combating human trafficking in the United States. With proper training, health care providers can play a significant part in identifying and caring for trafficking victims. Medical personnel can also document injuries, testify as expert witnesses, and provide affidavits for submission in legal cases. But in order to be able to identify trafficking cases, health care providers must be familiar with red flags and trafficking indicators. This fact sheet highlights medical components of case studies drawn directly from federal criminal indictments and civil trafficking complaints. These case studies provide...

Human Trafficking Search recently published a study which examines the use of labor in private prisons, finding that private prisons are not required to pay inmates a fair wage for the work they do, despite being able to make a profit. This is the first in a blog series to summarize the research.

Various forms of trafficking exist around the world, including forced labor, sex trafficking, child labor, commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), and child soldiers.

Shared Hope International‘s Protected Innocence Challenge (PIC) is a comprehensive study of existing state laws designed to inspire and equip advocates. Under the Challenge, every state receives a Report Card that grades the state on 41 key legislative components that must be addressed in a state’s laws in order to effectively respond to the crime of domestic minor sex trafficking. In addition, each state receives a complete analysis of this 41-component review and practical recommendations for improvement....

The majority of candy to be handed out this year is chocolate. But did you know that despite generating over $110 billion a year, the chocolate industry has a century-long history of forced and child labor?