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Human Trafficking

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It’s sad but true: here in this country, people are being bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves.

They are trapped in lives of misery—often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or to take grueling jobs as migrant, domestic, restaurant, or factory workers with little or no pay. We’re working hard to stop human trafficking—not only because of the personal and psychological toll it takes on society, but also because it facilitates the illegal movement of immigrants across borders and provides a ready source of income for organized crime groups and even terrorists.

In Depth

About Our Program
- FBI Initiatives

Related Information
- Federal Civil Rights Statutes
Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Trafficking Incidents

Stories and Features
- Four Men Caught Trying to Buy Sex Slaves
- Human Trafficking Ring Dismantled
- Justice in Labor Trafficking Case
- Targeting Traffickers, Helping Victims
- Putting a Stop to Modern-Day Slavery
- Human Trafficking: Today’s Slave Trade
- Major Prostitution Ring Busted 
- “Sister Ping” Sentenced to 35 Years
- FBI Exec on Trafficking of Persons
- Anatomy of Global Case: Part 1 | Part 2
- Case of the Texas Sex Slaves

Report Human Trafficking/Get Help
- Call 1-888-373-7888
- Contact Your Local FBI Office
- Submit Information Electronically
- FBI Office for Victim Assistance
- Help for Victims Brochure

Related FBI Websites
- Innocence Lost: Child Prostitution
- Organized Crime
- Violent Gangs

More Human Trafficking Websites
- U.S. Department of Justice
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- U.S. Department of State
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
- U.S. Agency for International Development





Report Trafficking & Get Help

If you believe you are the victim of a trafficking situation or may have information about a potential trafficking situation, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-373-7888. NHTRC is a national, toll-free hotline, with specialists available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year related to potential trafficking victims, suspicious behaviors, and/or locations where trafficking is suspected to occur. You can also submit a tip to the NHTRC online.