The 2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report provides an exhaustive account of all criminal and civil human trafficking cases handled by federal courts during 2018. The Report’s findings are not a prevalence estimate of trafficking in the United States, but instead serve as an objective summary of what the federal system has done to address human trafficking. The Report does not capture data from state prosecutions, state civil suits, or unreported human trafficking cases.
A team of 11 attorneys and 7 law school students reviewed every human trafficking case in the federal court system in 2018. The Report draws on court documents, press releases, and news sources to provide a comprehensive data set, including information about the type of trafficking, methods of coercion, the location of cases, and the age and gender of victims.