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Human Trafficking


Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons, is a crime that involves the exploitation of a person for the purpose of compelled sex or labor.

There is no single profile of a trafficking victim.

Victims of human trafficking can be anyone—regardless of race, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, education level, or citizenship status.

Any person under the age of 18 who is engaged in commercial sex acts, regardless of the use of force, fraud, or coercion, is a victim of human trafficking, even if they appear to consent to the commercial sex act. Learn More.

From October 2022 through September 2023, 249 OVC human trafficking grantees provided services to 7,755 clients on average per quarter. Learn More.


OVC Releases FAQs About Managing Human Trafficking Awards

Labor Trafficking

OVC is working to better identify labor trafficking victims in the United States, expand the services that are available to them, and hold offenders accountable. Access information about OVC funding opportunities, training and technical assistance, research, and resources that may support your organization’s anti-labor trafficking efforts.

Raise Awareness About Human Trafficking

View OVC’s Commemoration Guide to help your organization develop and carry out its anti-trafficking awareness campaigns.

Faces of Human Trafficking

Use this resource to raise awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it can take, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims.

Understanding Human Trafficking

The Understanding Human Trafficking training is a series of five interactive online modules that offer foundational learning on trauma-informed and victim-centered approaches to human trafficking. 

OVC TTAC Human Trafficking Action Research Toolkit

This toolkit provides information, strategies, tools, and other resources to help organizations and programs collect and interpret data in order to enhance their work.