Director Wray Addresses Human Trafficking

Director Christopher Wray addresses one of the most horrific crimes the Bureau investigates—human trafficking—and explains how the FBI and its partners are fighting back.

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Director Christopher Wray: Hi, I'm Chris Wray, the Director of the FBI. I want to talk to you today about one of the most horrific crimes the Bureau investigates: human trafficking.

Over the course of what can only be described as a vicious and appalling cycle, victims of human trafficking are held against their will, often beaten or starved and coerced to perform sex work or forced labor under threats of blackmail or violence. Even worse, scores of these victims are kids, children. Human trafficking is a global scourge—it's everywhere, even here in the United States.

At the FBI, we're working closely with our partners to fight back. Alongside other federal, state, and local law enforcement and non-profit organizations, we're identifying victims and rescuing them from exploitation. We're providing victim specialists to support survivors in their recovery. And when we identify traffickers, we're working swiftly and diligently to bring them to justice, to send the message that we're coming for them, and we mean business.

If you have information about someone being exploited by human traffickers, please speak up. You can submit a tip online at or alert state or local law enforcement. Working together, we can stop exploitation, seek justice for victims, and rescue and empower survivors.

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