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- Over 150 victims of sex trafficking were served in North Dakota in 2014.
- Tens of thousands of online ads offering sex for purchase through sites like backpage.com have been posted in our state.
- An estimated 117,000 ads featuring sex for purchase online were posted in North Dakota in 2014
- The North Dakota Human Trafficking Task Force, established in 2015, served 79 victims of human trafficking in 2016.
- The NDHTTF also provided 409 hours of technical assistance to other agencies serving trafficking victims in North Dakota.
- The NDHTTF trained over 2,500 professionals on the dynamics of human trafficking, how to identify potential victims, and on resources available in the state.
- The NDHTTF investigated 48 human trafficking cases in 2016.
- The NDHTTF held 345 community meetings to organize community-based responses to human trafficking in 2016.
- The U.S. State Department estimates that 600,000-800,000 people are trafficked in the United States annually.
- The International Labor Organization estimates that 20.9 million people around the world are trafficked.
- 68% are trapped in forced labor
- 26% are children
- 55% are women and girls
- In 2015, an estimated 1 out of 5 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child sex trafficking victims.
- Of those, 74% were in the care of social services or foster care when they ran.
- More than 27,000 total cases of human trafficking have been reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline and Polaris Be Free Textline in the last eight years.
- The Hotline receives an average of 100 calls per day. Read stories of survivors who called the hotline for help.
- In a 2014 study from the Urban Institute of 122 closed cases of labor trafficking, Hidden in Plain Sight, seventy-one percent of the labor trafficking victims in the study entered the United States on lawful visas. These victims paid an average of $6,150 in recruitment fees for jobs in the United States.
Polaris Resource Library
Truckers Against Trafficking
Futures Without Violence
The Advocates for Human Rights
The Freedom Network
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Shared Hope International
US Department of Justice – OVCTTAC
Coalition To Abolish Slavery & Trafficking
Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault