• Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report

      Characteristics of Suspected Human Trafficking Incidents, 2008-2010

      The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released the second in a series of reports about the characteristics of human trafficking investigations, suspects, and victims. Information for this report is based on data reported by federally funded human trafficking task forces into the Human Trafficking Reporting System (HTRS) between January 1, 2008 and June 30, 2010. A total of 2,515 alleged incidents of human trafficking were reported during this time period, most of which involved allegations of sex trafficking (82%), including more than 1,200 alleged incidents of adult sex trafficking and more than 1,000 incidents with allegations of child sexual exploitation.

      Although most incidents involved allegations of sex trafficking, 350 incidents involved allegations of labor trafficking in unregulated industries (e.g. drug sales, forced begging, or roadside sales) and/or more commercial industries (e.g. hair salons, hotels, and bars). Task forces identified 527 confirmed human trafficking victims and 488 confirmed suspects during the study period. Among trafficking incidents opened for at least one year, 30% were confirmed to be human trafficking and of those law enforcement reported 144 known arrests. Read more...