Many people would like to assume that slavery and human trafficking ended a century ago with a single constitutional amendment. However, human trafficking has always existed. Until recently, it has been largely invisible in the United States. Only in the last ten years or so have people started recognizing that human trafficking exists in the United States, and that the abuses encompass forced labor, forced prostitution and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Over 100,000 children are forced into prostitution each year. This staggering number of children contributes to the more than $9.8 billion sex trafficking industry in the United States alone. Worldwide, an estimated 20.9 million adults and children are bought and sold and forced into sex slavery, or forced or bonded slavery. Women and young girls make up 96 percent of victims for human sex trafficking victims. Experts consider human trafficking to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world.

There are various forms of human trafficking. According to the United States Department of Justice, “human trafficking” is an everyday term to describe many forms of exploitation of human beings. More specifically, human trafficking is the illegal practice of recruiting, transporting, harboring, obtaining and exploiting victims for the purpose of commercial sex, forced labor, or other services. For many these words often evoke images of smuggling victims across international borders. But the term has a different and highly specific meaning under the United States Criminal Code. Human trafficking crimes focus on the act of compelling or coercing a person’s labor, services, or commercial sex acts. The coercion can be subtle or overt, physical or psychological. Know more...

Author's Bio: 

I am Devin Herz, currently associated with Fulmersill. We believe everyone is equal under the law. We take pride in providing an unparalleled commitment to our clients, most of whom are individuals, families and small businesses who have been unfairly treated or tragically harmed by large corporations.