Human trafficking has been part of the U.S. since its inception, through the use of slavery as forced labor. Now, as a $150 billion criminal enterprise, it’s effects have grown to include sex trafficking, drug trafficking, forced labor and the like, enticing its victims through fraud, coercion, and intimidation.
Sadly, this is a global operation which touches on every city and state and crosses international borders. Human trafficking violates the foundational principles of the Unites States, which was formed to protect individual freedoms, rights, and liberties. Today, there is no greater threat to basic human rights than the crime of trafficking persons. Our Attorney General Offices are committed to combating the widespread issue of human trafficking in their states.