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The Problem

Human trafficking is a reality around the world, and prevalent right here in the United States. While it takes many forms, including sex trafficking, forced labor and domestic servitude, MAD TRAFFICKING focuses most of our efforts on fighting sex trafficking.

There are hundreds of thousands, and potentially over a million, victims trapped in the world of sex trafficking in the United States. Because of the hidden nature of the crime, it is essentially impossible to know how many for sure. And while statistics vary on the number of children in the U.S. who are trafficked, we firmly believe the number is by far in excess of 100,000. Regardless of not knowing the exact number, it is clear that there is work to be done. Women, men, girls and boys are all victims of sex trafficking in the United States, and the problem continues to grow.

To end human trafficking, we must work together by identifying best practices across the country and help one another implement them in communities throughout the U.S. No one organization has the solution, and the areas of expertise needed are broad and deep. Focus on the restoration of victims, education of communities, law enforcement and students, and an all-out assault on fighting the demand are necessary to begin to see progress being made.

Facts About Human Trafficking

Sex Trafficking is modern-day slavery, happening everywhere in the United States. The victims can be U.S. citizens or of any nationality, age, socioeconomic status, or gender. Sex Trafficking is a highly profitable crime that exploits an adult through force, fraud, or coercion, or that engages a child in any form of commercial sexual exploitation.


Conservative estimates project that 10% – 15% of sex trafficked children in the U.S. are males, with some studies showing up to 50%.


Studies show that 90% of women want to get out of prostitution but feel trapped or simply do not know how.


Between 60% and 70% of trafficked children in the U.S. come from child social services or the foster care system.