Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery in which people profit from exploiting others through force, fraud, coercion or deception. The U.S. government has identified human trafficking as the fastest growing criminal industry globally, tied with illegal arms trade at second, with the drug trade in first place.

An estimated 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked annually into the United States for the purpose of forced labor or sex trafficking.  An estimated 200,000 American children are at high risk for trafficking into the sex industry each year. (www.humantrafficking.org )

In 2000 the United States made human trafficking a federal crime with the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). Nebraska also passed a law in 2006 that made human trafficking illegal, although there are many limitations in the law that make it hard to enforce and prosecute traffickers. This issue matters because of the injustice it causes to those who become victims of this monstrous crime.

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