ABSTRACT

Human Trafficking: Action Needed to Identify the Number of Native American Victims Receiving Federally-funded Services, Report to Congressional Requesters   [open pdf - 1MB]

"Human trafficking--the exploitation of a person typically through force, fraud, or coercion for such purposes as forced labor, involuntary servitude or commercial sex --is occurring in the United States. Traffickers seek out persons perceived to be vulnerable. Native Americans (i. e., American Indians or Alaska Natives) are considered to be a vulnerable population. DOJ [Department of Justice], DHS [Department of Homeland Security], and the Department of the Interior investigate human trafficking crimes. Primarily, DOJ and HHS [Health and Human Services] provide grants to fund victim services. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to examine Native American human trafficking. This report focuses on federal efforts to address human trafficking, including the extent to which (1) agencies collect and maintain data on investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking in Indian country or of Native Americans regardless of location and (2) federal grant programs are available to help address such trafficking, and how many Native American trafficking victims have received assistance through these programs. GAO reviewed human trafficking investigation and prosecution data from fiscal years 2013 to 2016; reviewed solicitations for human trafficking- related grant programs; and interviewed grant program officials."

Report Number:
GAO-17-325
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Date:
2017-03
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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