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Throughout the world…

There are an estimated 24.9 million people living in modern day slavery. Compelled to work or to engage in commercial sex acts, they live in bondage. But the problem is not simply a global one. It’s domestic.

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 How do we know?

Prevalence estimates vary greatly for the scope of human trafficking in the United States, but there are ways to track the federal response to this horrific crime. In an effort to better understand how federal courts hold traffickers accountable, the Human Trafficking Institute compiled data from every human trafficking case handled by federal courts in 2018 and published the 2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report (you can check that out here).

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Here’s what we found:

In 2018, federal courts in 51 states and U.S. territories handled 771 criminal and civil human trafficking cases. That means there were only five states and territories without a single federal human trafficking case in 2018. A closer look showed the federal response varied wildly from state to state. Want to know how your state stacks up? Click on the map below.

Click below to see your state’s federal response to human trafficking.
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*Each State Summary’s findings derived from data the Human Trafficking Institute compiled for the 2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report. Findings are not a prevalence estimate of trafficking in the state but instead serve as an objective summary of federal efforts to address human trafficking in that state. The Report does not capture data from state prosecutions, state civil suits, or unreported human trafficking cases.