Human trafficking represents an international human rights crisis, and awareness of the problem is growing. However, many parents in the United States may not have a strong understanding of the threat that human trafficking may represent to their own children. This practice may be seen as an issue only in certain parts of the world or in certain populations, but the reality is that men, women, and children in every country can become victims of human trafficking operations.
Private and government agencies who address the problem of human trafficking have a very difficult task, because no one has been able to compile any reliable statistics about the number of people involved in human trafficking schemes or the exact way all of these schemes operate. In addition, human trafficking is an “underground” issue. By its very nature, human trafficking operates in secret, and involves victims who are difficult to track or merely disappear.