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What is human trafficking?

Source: United States Department of Justice

Human Trafficking is a crime that involves the exploitation of a person for labor, services, or commercial sex.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and its subsequent reauthorizations define human trafficking as:

sex trafficking - when a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion.


when a person under the age of 18 is induced to perform a commercial sex act.

labor trafficking - recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

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