Transporting men and mostly women and children across national borders for labor or sex acts is the crime of human trafficking and considered as modern-day slavery. These people are forced, defrauded or coerced into labor or sexual exploitation. Annually, about 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across national borders, which does not count millions trafficked within their own countries.
There are approximately 14,500-17,500 human trafficking cases in the U S with an estimate of one-third of them children. The U.S. Government has taken a number of serious and significant actions to combat trafficking. Congress has passed legislation to prosecute and sentence human traffickers with up to 30 years in prison. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is certifying trafficking victims so they may qualify for the same assistance available to refugees. In addition, HHS has a major public awareness campaign to help alert victims in the U.S. that they can seek help by calling HHS hotline number at 888.3737.888.
Recently the Minnesota Sun Newspaper reported that a 59-year-old Crystal man and his accomplice were sentenced for transporting undocumented women for use in prostitution throughout the Twin Cities. The U S Justice Department reports that the Twin Cities is one of the 15 largest human trafficking centers in the nation.