The Task Force is committed to supporting methodologically sound, trauma-informed research to better understand human trafficking.
- According the Polaris Project, 25,696 trafficking cases have been reported in all 50 states through the NHTRC and BeFree Textline since December 2007*
- In 2015, DHS reported opening 1,034 investigations possibly involving human trafficking, an increase from 987 in 2014. DOJ initiated a total of 257 federal human trafficking prosecutions in 2015, charging 377 defendants. In 2015, DOJ secured convictions against 297 traffickers, compared with 184 convictions obtained in 2014.
- The National Human Trafficking Hotline identified 2,978 cases of human trafficking in Louisiana alone since 2007. An additional 3,719 cases were coded as “moderate,” suggesting that these cases contained several elements of human trafficking but lacked thorough evidence of force, fraud, or coercion.
*Please note that this number reflects the incidences of potential trafficking cases or official cases that were reported through those hotlines- this is not a prevalence estimate.
Many people ask "how many people are experiencing conditions of trafficking?"
While this is an important question to attempt to answer, it is an extremely difficult question to answer. Human trafficking is a hidden crime, meaning a crime that happens in the black market or "behind closed doors" because it is an illicit trade. In addition, people who have experienced conditions of trafficking often do not come forward because of a variety of factors. As such, it is extremely difficult to determine how many trafficking victims there are in the world, or in the United States. It is important to be cautious when using statistics related to prevalence of trafficking because there is so little methodologically sound data that answers that question.