"Human trafficking includes, but is not limited to, sex trafficking, forced labor, and debt bondage. Trafficking is not only ignored as a prevalent issue in society, but is widely ambiguous and little is known of the extent of this issue.
States with the Highest Human Trafficking Numbers:
California consistently has the highest human trafficking rates in the United States, with 1,507 cases reported in 2019. This is followed by Texas with 1,080 cases, Florida with 896 cases, and New York with 454 cases. These four states with the highest human trafficking rates have the highest populations in the U.S., which can explain why their numbers of cases are significantly higher than other states and very high immigrant populations. This, combined with certain industries such as agriculture, creates prime environments for forced labor.
Here are the 10 states with the highest rates of human trafficking:
- Nevada (7.50 per 100k)
- Mississippi (4.99 per 100k)
- Florida (4.08 per 100k)
- Georgia (3.85 per 100k)
- Ohio (3.84 per 100k)
- Delaware (3.84 per 100k)
- California (3.80 per 100k)
- Missouri (3.78 per 100k)
- Michigan (3.64 per 100k)
- Texas (3.63 per 100k)
Trafficking or "prostitution" is a very profitable business or it wouldn't exist. It generates about $32 BILLION dollars every year. Human traffickers profit by controlling and exploiting their victims. This is not a situation where girls can "just leave" as many assume.
This is a form of modern-day slavery. The industry involves sexual exploitation of women for use of pornography, mail-order brides, stripping, live sex shows, massage spas/brothels, Internet video sex, sex tourism, and the list goes on.
These women experience:
- Physical abuse and violence
- Mental manipulation and oppression
- Addiction to drugs and alcohol
- Repeated rape and sexual abuse
- Sleep deprivation
- Arrests and incarceration
- Threats of harm to their family members
This issue is not just something you "see on TV." It is happening in real life, in real time...right now to someone who is trapped in a lifestyle that they DID NOT CHOOSE.
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