Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. Annually, the money illegally acquired through human trafficking is estimated to be more than $35 billion, which equals the profits earned by Starbucks, Google and Nike combined.
U.S. Human Traffickers use violence, threats, deception, debt bondage, and other manipulative tactics to force people to engage in commercial sex or to provide labor or services against their will. Victims of human trafficking include children and adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of "labor or services," such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will.
This illegal multi-million dollar industry has largely been hidden in the shadows, but human trafficking cases have been reported in all 50 states. Ohio has ranked as high as fifth among all states in total reported human trafficking cases with Toledo being identified as the fourth highest ranking city in the nation for recruiting victims into the illegal trade.
Everyone has a role in ending human trafficking. To report a tip, connect with anti-trafficking services in your area or for information about anti-trafficking resources, call the national hotline number at 1-888-373-7888. It’s toll free, confidential and available 24 hours a day.
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