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What is Human Trafficking? 

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.

US Department of Homeland Security


  • Women and girls make up 98 percent of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation. 
  • The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the United States is twelve to fourteen years old. 
  • Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children. 
  • According to the US State Department, human trafficking is one of the greatest human rights challenges to this century, both in the US and around the world. 

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888

or text HELP or INFO to Be Free (233733)

Effective January 1, 2019: ARISE! International will expand its scope of outreach to include survivors of human trafficking in our educational support and recovery program. To this point, our focus has been on survivors of child sexual abuse. However statistics have shown that many of those that are caught in the trap of human trafficking have experienced sexual trauma in childhood.

After escaping or being rescued from human trafficking survivors face many challenges in order to reclaim their lives to a place of stability: housing, medical, employment, counseling, etc. Those items we are not able to provide but what we bring to the table is a comprehensive recovery program where they will be empowered, embraced and encouraged as they make the emotional journey toward restoration and recovery. 

We are seeking to partner with other human trafficking agencies to assist survivors in regaining their dignity as a person of value and worth after being so devalued and dishonored.

Click here to learn more about our educational recovery program.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Question: What is the #1 state for human trafficking? 

Answer: The Department of State lists the top three states with the most human trafficking activity are California, New York and Texas. California Against Slavery reported that 3 of the ten worst child sex trafficking areas in the United States are in California: San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.

2. Question: What causes human trafficking? 

Answer: The root cause of human trafficking is traffickers.... People might argue that poverty, lack of education, immigration policy, environmental conditions, fractured families, and a lack of good job opportunities are the real causes of human trafficking.

3. Question: When did Texas pass its anti trafficking law? 

Answer: Texas was one of the first states to pass a law defining human trafficking, in 2003.

4. Question: Is human trafficking on the rise in Texas? 

Answer: As of March 2018, the number of human trafficking victims is continuing to increase across the state of Texas, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. In 2017, there were a total of 804 human trafficking cases in Texas. ... The number of cases increased from 2016 with 679 cases reported.

5. Question: How common is human trafficking?

Answer: According to the Report, the most common form of human trafficking (79%) is sexual exploitation. The victims of sexual exploitation are predominantly women and girls. Surprisingly, in 30% of the countries which provided information on the gender of traffickers, women make up the largest proportion of traffickers.

6. Question: What are the three types of human trafficking?

Answer: The 3 most common types of human trafficking are sex trafficking, forced labor, and debt bondage.

  • sex trafficking - the action or practice of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another for the purpose of sexual exploitation
  • forced labor (involuntary servitude) modern-day slavery in which individuals perform labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.  According to the U.S. Department of State, forced labor is the biggest sector of trafficking in the world 
  • debt bondage - occurs when a person is forced to work to pay off a debt. They are tricked into working for little or no pay, with no control over their debt.
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