Over 9,000 human trafficking cases reported over the past five years in the U.S.

By KBJR News 1

November 21, 2013 Updated Nov 21, 2013 at 10:35 PM CST

Washington, D.C. (NNCNOW.com) --- 9,298 cases of human trafficking was reported in the past five years according to a new report from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

The report, "Human Trafficking Trends in the United States", shows that from December 7th, 2007 to December 31st, 2012, cases of human trafficking were reported in all 50 states and D.C.

More than 42% of sex trafficking cases referenced pimp-controlled prostitution. Most frequently, callers reported that pimps had recruited their victims in social settings by showing romantic interest and later forcing them to provide commercial sex.

More than 27% of labor trafficking cases referenced domestic work, the most frequently reported form of labor trafficking. 84% of these cases referenced victims who were from countries outside the United States.

According to the NHTRC, the statistics from the report are based solely on the more than 72,000 interactions made to the organization through phone calls, emails, and online tip reports.

"People are reaching out to the national human trafficking hotline every single day and telling us that modern slavery is happening in their communities," said Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris Project. "This report demonstrates that traffickers are not operating in just one city or region. We have identified potential cases of human trafficking in every state in the nation, and we are finding important trends that can help us stop this violence and exploitation."

To read the full report, you can log onto the Polaris Project website.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
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