Human Trafficking Indicators   [open pdf - 214KB]

"Men, women and children are trafficked across international borders each year. Victims are trafficked into the international sex trade and into forced labor situations throughout the world. Many of these victims are lured from their homes with false promises of well-paying jobs; instead, they are forced or coerced into prostitution, domestic servitude, farm or factory labor or other types of forced labor. Victims often find themselves in a foreign country and cannot speak the language. Traffickers often take away the victims' travel and identity documents and tell victims that if they attempt to escape, the victims or their families back home will be harmed or that the vic¬tims' families will assume the debt. We recognize that men, women and children that are encountered in brothels, sweat shops, massage parlors, agricultural fields and other labor markets may be forced or coerced into those situations and potentially are trafficking victims. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a component of the Department of Homeland Security, works with its law enforce¬ment partners to dismantle the global criminal infrastructure engaged in human trafficking. ICE accomplishes this mission by making full use of authorities and expertise, stripping away assets and profit incentive, collaborating with U.S. and foreign partners to attack networks worldwide and working in partnership with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to identify, rescue and provide assistance to trafficking victims."

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