There are unseen prisons in the world that exist even in towns and cities across our country. Though few are aware of the severity of the problem, human trafficking affects tens of thousands of people in America alone, despite the tireless efforts of law enforcement, advocacy groups, government agencies, and the international community.
According to a 2013 Congressional Research Service report, more than 17,000 people are trafficked into the United States every year. Some are forced into work. Others are exploited for sex or sold into prostitution rings. In all, human trafficking is a modern form of slavery that adds up to a $32 billion a year industry.
This week, the House will pass twelve anti-human trafficking bills to improve the tools available to law enforcement, identify and develop best practices to prevent human trafficking, help victim survivors recover, train government employees on how to properly detect and respond to human trafficking, and more. Human trafficking is a nationwide and international problem, and we cannot sit in silence while it still exists. For the sake of the children, women, and men harmed, we need to stop this terrible activity and help give victims the chance to live normal lives.
Check out this infographic below that illustrates the extent to which human trafficking persists worldwide: