An overview About Human Trafficking
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, human trafficking is "the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them." Human Trafficking is considered a form of modern-day slavery as it claims 40.3 million global victims.
Three-fourths of the victims are women and girls forced into either prostitution or illegal work conditions. In the U.S. alone, sex trafficking consists of 82% of reported human trafficking incidents according the Office of Justice Programs.
Immigrant and refugee women and girls are at high risk as most human trafficking victims are actually immigrants and refugee women and children. This is due to immigrant and refugee women's susceptibility to deceitful practices due to cultural, legal, and language barriers.