Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons or modern-day slavery, is a crime that involves the exploitation of a person for the purpose of compelled sex or labor.
Victims of human trafficking come from all walks of life. Anyone can be a victim—regardless of race, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, education level, or citizenship status. Although there is no defining characteristic that all victims share, traffickers frequently prey on individuals who are poor, vulnerable, living in an unsafe situation, or are in search of a better life. Learn More >>
Since 2003, OVC, with funding authorized by the Trafficking Victims Prevention Act (TVPA), has supported the development and enhancement of programs designed to provide a comprehensive array of culturally competent services to victims of human trafficking. Learn More >>
Department of Justice Awards Funding to Combat Human Trafficking and Serve Victims Learn More >>
OVC Video Series and Resource Guide Provide Support for Human Trafficking Victims Learn More >>