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Ten Years of Sex Trafficking Cases in the United States

Sex Trafficking Prosecutions
July, 2016

In 2015, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) responded to over 5,500 cases of human trafficking. Of those cases, 75 percent involved sex trafficking. Federal laws on human trafficking are outlined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000. The TVPA allows legal protections to be offered to any victim of severe forms of human trafficking, but not all cases of sex trafficking are prosecuted using human trafficking statutes. While not exhaustive, this compilation offers a selection of sex trafficking cases prosecuted in the United States over the past 10 years.