A fast growing criminal industry
Many governments and law enforcement agencies consider human trafficking to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries. 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 according to the state Attorney General.
Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons (TIP), is a modern form of slavery. It involves controlling a person through force, fraud, or coercion to exploit the victim for forced labor, sexual exploitation, or both. Human trafficking strips victims of their freedom and violates our nation’s promise that every person in the United States is guaranteed basic human rights. It is a crime under both state and federal laws.