Did you know?
Human trafficking is organized criminal activity in which human beings are treated as possessions. It is a form of modern-day slavery involving the illegal transport of individuals by force or deception for the purpose of labor, sexual exploitation, or activities in which others benefit financially.
Human trafficking is a global problem affecting people of all ages.
Recent data shows there are at least 403,000 slaves in the United States. Basically, there are almost half a million people who are being bought and sold for illegal services. They are not free to live their lives. They are limited by fear, exhaustion, violence, and all kinds of abuse.
Unfortunately, human trafficking is a global, national and local problem. There are over 15 types of human trafficking ranging from modern day slavery to child sexual exploitation. According to recent reports, the top five cities for human trafficking activities in the United States include:
- Columbus, Ohio
- Miami, Florida
- Houston, Texas
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Washington, DC – which ranks number one on the list for more human trafficking cases than any other city.
In fact, there was a Metropolitan Police Department human trafficking sting in the Logan Circle neighborhood as recent as March 2020. Read The Washington Post article published on March 18, 2020 for additional information on how this issue is affecting our community.
Join The Federal City Alumnae Chapter to address human trafficking in a virtual town hall discussion by registering HERE