Crime News: Two-thirds of human trafficking victims were age 17 or younger.
94 percent of the victims were female.
Almost two-thirds of sex trafficking victims were Hispanic.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics of the US Department of Justice has released the first summary report based on data collected through the Human Trafficking Reporting System (HTRS). Information on more than 1,200 alleged incidents of human trafficking entered into the HTRS by federally funded human trafficking task forces between January 1, 2007 and September 30, 2008 are detailed in the report. Most (83%) of the reported incidents involved allegations of sex trafficking. Labor trafficking accounted for 12% of incidents, and other or unknown forms of human trafficking made up 5%. Information on the number of suspects was available for 475 alleged human trafficking incidents. Among these, task forces reported 871 known suspects and arrest data on 216 suspects.
Only a small percentage of the investigations reported into HTRS have reached a point where they are confirmed as an incident of human trafficking. To be confirmed in the HTRS, the case must have led to an arrest and been subsequently confirmed by law enforcement, or the victims must have received a special non-immigrant Visa classification, as provided under the 2000 TVPA.
In response to this requirement, the Department of Justice (DOJ) funded the creation of the HTRS, which was designed by researchers the Institute of Race and Justice at Northeastern University (NEU) and the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute (UI). The HTRS is updated monthly.
The report entitled Characteristics of Suspected Human Trafficking Incidents, 2007-08 was written by Tracey Kyckelhahn, Allen J. Beck, and Thomas H. Cohen of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.