Iowa

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that occurs in every state, including Iowa. The NHTH works closely with service providers, law enforcement, and other professionals in Iowa to serve victims and survivors of trafficking, respond to human trafficking cases, and share information and resources.

Learn more about human trafficking in Iowa by browsing the hotline statistics below.

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All Time Statistics (Since 2007)

Signals

The Human Trafficking Hotline has received 2,439 signals since its inception.

Hotline Call: 1,915
SMS Report: 279
Online Report: 136
Email Received: 75
Web Chat: 34

Cases

Since its inception, the Human Trafficking Hotline has identified 644 cases of human trafficking. 1,490 victims were identified in these cases.

Statistics by Year

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2021

Signals Received in 2021

299
signals were received by the Hotline in 2021 from Iowa.
108
signals received were from victims or survivors of human trafficking

How do contacts hear about the hotline?

It is helpful for us to learn how people hear about the Hotline so that we can strategically advertise to reach more victims and survivors. However, we are not always able to collect this information during every conversation. 

Ways the Hotline was Found

Referral
4

Training/Conference
3

Other
292

How do contacts reach the hotline?

People can contact the Hotline by phone, text, online chat, online form, and email. Most people contact us by phone or text.

Signal Types

Hotline Call
200

SMS Report
64

Email Received
27

Online Report
6

Cases Identified in 2021

86
cases were identified in 2021.
161
victims were involved in these cases. Cases can involve multiple victims.

What types of trafficking cases were reported?

The Hotline receives tips about situations involving sex trafficking, labor trafficking, sex & labor trafficking, as well as situations where the type of trafficking may be unknown or not specified. 

Types of Trafficking

Sex
62

Labor
10

Sex and Labor
3
Venues for Sex Trafficking

Hotel/Motel-Based
7

Residence-Based Commercial Sex
6

Illicit Massage/Spa Business
4

Pornography
3

Other
42
Venues for Labor Trafficking

Other
10

What was the primary request in each case?

People contact the hotline to report a tip, request a referral, or reach out for crisis-related services such as immediate shelter or crisis response.

Requests on Human Trafficking Cases

Report a Trafficking Tip
52

Access Service Referrals
27

Request Crisis Assistance
7

Case Demographics

The Hotline only collects demographic information for victims and survivors in a trafficking situation when appropriate. These numbers are not cumulative as one case could involve multiple victims and survivors.

Ages
Not enough data available.
Genders

Females
74

Males
16
Citizenships

Foreign Nationals
9

US Citizen LPR
4
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2007-2014

Human Trafficking Hotline Statistics

50,123

signals were received by the Hotline in 2021. Includes calls, texts, and online chats and tips.

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