Nationwide

NHTRC (July 28) – In 2015, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) responded to over 5,500 cases of human trafficking. Of those cases, 75 percent involved sex trafficking. Sex trafficking occurs when a person is induced to perform a commercial sex act by means of force, fraud, or coercion, or when a minor is induced to perform commercial sex regardless of whether there is any force, fraud, or coercion. A commercial sex act can be any sexual activity done in exchange for an item of value, such as money, food, drugs, or shelter. Sex traffickers lure and compel people into commercial sex by manipulating and exploiting their vulnerabilities, often using force, threats, lies, or other psychological coercion. >> Read the report.