Combating Human Trafficking

This article describes the efforts of the United States Department of Transportation in collaboration with partners and stakeholders across the transportation industry to combat human trafficking. Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain labor or a commercial sex act and includes the commercial sexual exploitation of children under any circumstances. The International Labour Organization estimates that, globally, as many as 24.9 million men, women, and children are exploited in various forms of contemporary slave-like practices. Human trafficking flourishes as a business because of the lucrative profits it generates–approximately $150 billion annually worldwide. Traffickers rely on the transportation industry in every phase of human trafficking: for recruitment, for moving and controlling victims, and for delivering victims to buyers. In the United States, victims are being trafficked by every form of transportation, including cars, vans, buses, airplanes, subways, trains, taxis, rideshares, and cruise ships.


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  • Accession Number: 01762723
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Jan 13 2021 4:12PM