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What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery, is a global problem of epidemic proportions. This exists whenever people are bought and sold for forced labor or commercial sex. Hundreds of thousands of human beings are controlled and exploited for profit.


Many of the victims trafficked are women and children, often used in the sex industry. They are on the street, in private homes, businesses such as restaurants, hotels/motels, gas stations, bus terminals, truck stops/parking lots, and rest areas. Often traffickers recruit out of schools, shopping malls, online, and off the streets.


Professional truck drivers are the eyes and ears on our nation’s roadways. If you are witnessing a crime in progress, please call 911. If you suspect Human Trafficking, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888.

U.S. law:

Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age (22 USC § 7102).

Labor trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery, (22 USC § 7102).


Helpful links to learn more about how you can help stop human trafficking.

Human Trafficking Hotline statistics
The Freedom Network —The Issue
Truckers Against Trafficking
Texas Holdem Initiative