Victims of human trafficking are transported on the same roads we travel each day. Learn about one organization that has created a national network of truck drivers to help educate others about how to recognize human trafficking activity and victims on our nations roadways.
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud or coercion to get victims to provide labor or services against his or her will. It is a crime that happens around the world, in both large cities and small towns.
While the true size of this problem is immeasurable, the International Labor Organization estimates there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally, including 5.5 million children.
By John Meekins
Human trafficking often thrives right under the noses of law enforcement and corrections officers, simply because these officers do not know enough to recognize the signs of human trafficking. For example, sex traffickers have found multiple ways to recruit women who are currently serving time in prison.
By Jerrilyn Singley
Human trafficking is a massive illicit criminal enterprise affecting millions of individuals. Only recently has trafficking begun to receive the attention it deserves, however, there remain many common misconceptions.
One misconception is that human trafficking is only a problem in third-world countries with low economic stability and political social unrest (Tverdova, 2011).
By Terri Galvan, adjunct faculty at American Public University System
Human trafficking is an issue that has captured the attention of the media and communities across the nation. From Atlanta to Los Angeles, it seems that no city is completely immune from this crime, with the FBI calling it “the fastest growing business of organized crime.” Despite growing awareness, our understanding of domestic trafficking victims remains incomplete, limiting the effectiveness of social service providers and law enforcement.
By Leischen Stelter, American Military University
John Meekins has been a corrections officer in Florida for more than nine years. Throughout his career, he has often heard female inmates talk about being prostituted and held captive by pimps—a situation he initially considered a consequence for many drug abusers.
By Jarrod Sadulski, professor of criminal justice at American Military University
Human trafficking is not just an international issue. According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, 41 percent of sex trafficking cases and 20 percent of labor trafficking cases listed U.S. citizens as victims (Polaris Project, 2014).