The State of Human Trafficking in California 2012

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on November 25, 2012

The State of Human Trafficking in California 2012

  • “Human trafficking is an estimated $32 billion-a-year global industry. After drug trafficking, human trafficking is the world’s second most profitable criminal enterprise, a status it shares with illegal arms trafficking. Like drug and arms trafficking, the United States is one of the top destination countries for trafficking in persons. California – a populous border state with
    a significant immigrant population and the world’s ninth largest economy – is one of the nation’s top four destination states for trafficking human beings…72% of human trafficking victims whose country of origin was identified by California’s task forces are American. The public perception is that human trafficking victims are from other countries, but data from California’s task forces indicate that the vast majority are Americans.”
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