Human trafficking is happening in Maryland, and is the world’s fastest-growing criminal enterprise.
Victims of human trafficking can be males and females, adults and children, U.S. citizens and foreign nationals. Victims are exploited for forced labor and commercial sex acts like prostitution and pornography, and the number of victims are growing. Recently, criminal activity has shifted from trafficking in narcotics to trafficking in humans. After all, the penalties are lighter, the supply of “product” is endless and the marketplace for sale is expanding. There is something you can do!
We can no longer pretend that this crime only takes place in major cities or foreign countries. The first step toward bringing this crime out of the shadows is to educate yourself on the realities of human trafficking. There are numerous misconceptions about what human trafficking is, who can be a victim and what members of the public can do about it.
Learn more about human trafficking myths and facts and what you can do to help stop it. Once you complete the pledge, you can educate yourself and others by downloading, printing and sharing our human trafficking fact sheet on the next page!