The US Lead Agency for Combating Human Trafficking


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the largest DHS investigative agency, has responsibility for enforcing a wide range of crimes related to border security, including investigations of human trafficking and human smuggling. In fact, ICE is the federal government’s lead agency with responsibility for combating human trafficking.
An estimated 800,000 men, women and children are trafficked across international borders each year, according to the U.S. Department of State. Victims are trafficked into the international sex trade and into forced labor situations throughout the world. Many of these victims are lured from their homes with false promises of well-paying jobs; instead, they are forced or coerced into prostitution, domestic servitude, farm or factory labor or other types of forced labor.
Victims often find themselves in a foreign country and cannot speak the language. Traffickers often take away the victims’ travel and identity documents, telling them that if they attempt to escape, the victims or their families back home will be harmed, or the victims’ families will assume the debt. We recognize that men, women and children that are encountered in brothels, sweat shops, massage parlors, agricultural fields and other labor markets may be forced or coerced into those situations and potentially are trafficking victims. (Read full article at http://www.ice.gov/pi/news/factsheets/humantrafficking.htm
REPORT Human Trafficking Call: 1-866-DHS-2-ICE
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