Human trafficking is a major problem throughout the United States, and that includes New Jersey. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center identified 86 cases in our state this year, through June 15. Last year, it reported 155 cases all told.
Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery, in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor against their will.
The majority of cases this year have to do with sex trafficking and involve females (69) and minors (45). Cases of labor trafficking (9) primarily involve domestic or landscaping work.
New Jersey has created a special task force to combat human trafficking. More information is available online.