STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING

January 21, 2021

In 2010, President Barack Obama proclaimed January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Since then, January has been a time to acknowledge those experiencing enslavement and those who have escaped.

Human traffickers generate hundreds of billions of dollars in profit by trapping millions of people in horrific situations around the world, using violence, threats, deception, debt bondage and other manipulative tactics to force people to engage in commercial sex or to provide labor services against their will.                                                
The United States continues to lead the global fight against human trafficking. We must remain relentless in our resolve to dismantle this illicit and immortal enterprise in our cities, suburbs, rural communities, tribal lands and transportation networks.
 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with other federal agencies, has aggressively pursued these criminals, dismantling the financial infrastructure of their networks and arresting 5,000 human traffickers.
In 2019, Federal Law enforcement agencies initiated more than 1,600 new investigations into human traffickers and the Department of Justice (DOJ) Human Traffickers Task Force opened more than 2,500 new cases on the frontlines.


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