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Human trafficking is a crime involving the exploitation of someone for the purposes of compelled labor or a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Human trafficking affects individuals across the world, including here in the United States, and is commonly regarded as one of the most pressing human rights issues of our time. Human trafficking affects every community in the United States across age, gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic backgrounds. 

Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age (22 USC § 7102).

Labor trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery, (22 USC § 7102).

For more information on these legal definitions, click here to visit the Federal Laws page.


Local Stats:

Human Trafficking is a fast-growing crime. It is estimated that 10,000 people are trafficked on a daily basis in LA County alone.




HOW TO RECOGNIZE Human Trafficking


See It

Victims are often kept out of sight and are afraid to reach out for help. According to the Polaris Project, the following may be signs that someone may be a victim of trafficking:

  • They are under 18 and are involved in the commercial sex industry
  • They are being threatened by or are in debt to their boss
  • They have had their ID, passport, or documents taken away
  • They show signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture
  • They show signs of emotional abuse
  • They are not free to leave or come and go from their place of work as they wish
  • They are working but don't seem to be receiving payment

If you think you see a human trafficking situation, you should ask the potential victim the following questions. These questions were compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Is anyone forcing you to do anything that you do not want to do?
  • Can you come and go as you please?
  • Have you been threatened if you try to leave?
  • Have you been physically harmed in any way?
  • Have you ever been deprived of food, water, sleep, or medical care?
  • Do you have to ask permission to eat, sleep, or go to the bathroom?
  • Are there locks on your doors and windows so you cannot get out?
  • Has anyone threatened your family?
  • Has your identification or documentation been taken from you?
  • Can you leave your job or situation if you want?
  • What are your working or living conditions like?
  • Where do you sleep and eat?
  • Do you sleep in a bed, on a cot, or on the floor?

Report It

If you are a victim of human trafficking or would like to report a tip regarding suspected human trafficking, call 911 in an emergency. If you have information regarding human trafficking which is not an emergency, or would like more information about human trafficking or about how you can help, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH) on 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733). 



To get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH), call 1-888-373-7888 or text 'HELP' or 'INFO' to BeFree (233733). 

The NHTH can help connect victims with service providers in the area and provides training, technical assistance, and other resources. The NHTH is a national, toll-free hotline available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. The NHTH is not a law enforcement or immigration authority and is operated by a nongovernmental organization funded by the Federal government.



Los Angeles Police Department

Detective Support and Vice Division

Human Trafficking Unit


100 W. First St. Room 441

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Office: 213 486-0910


Victim Resources:

National Human Trafficking Hotline -

The Dream Center – – 1-877-632-7234 / 213-273-7000

CAST – Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking –– 1-888-539-2373

Saving Innocence – – 1-888-373-7888 / 323-379-4232

Children of the Night – – 1-800-551-1300

Journey Out – – 818-9884970


We encourage donations to any of these organizations, any amount is greatly appreciated.




A Survivor's Story: Meet Oree



The signs of Human Trafficking are all around us, often on the streets we travel every day.


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