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Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Trafficking Victims
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Trafficking Victims

An estimated 800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked across international borders each year. Millions more are trafficked within their own national borders for a variety of purposes, including forced labor, bonded labor, sexual servitude, and involuntary servitude.

The nationalities of trafficking victims are as diverse as the world's cultures. Some leave developing countries, seeking to improve their lives through low-skilled jobs in more prosperous countries. Others fall victim to forced or bonded labor in their own countries. The majority of transnational victims are trafficked into commercial sexual exploitation.

You can learn how to identify trafficking victims by asking questions and looking beneath the surface. These skills could help you save a life.

While each trafficking victim is different, they all share the common bond of suffering and exploitation. Read their stories.

  
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