The Issue

Human trafficking is the exploitation of a person for labor or commercial sex through force, fraud, or coercion.

Any minor exploited for commercial sex acts is, by statute, a victim of human trafficking.

Many survivors of human trafficking, and those particularly vulnerable to human trafficking, lack access to legal services and advocacy to overcome individual and systemic obstacles to flourishing. We respond by providing trauma-informed legal services and promoting just policies and practices throughout North Carolina.

22 U.S.C. §§ 7101–7113 (2014) • N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-43.10-20 (2013)

Improving The Data

“There is an urgent need to improve the precision of estimates of the number of human trafficking victims in the United States or any one state, county, or city.”

“The methods used to calculate estimates of human trafficking in the US are rarely described in the scholarly articles and government reports in which they are presented. Criminal justice data yield underestimates because many traffickers elude detection. Similarly, estimates from human trafficking service provider agencies or hotlines may represent only a portion of cases or may overestimate cases. . . . Once credible estimates have been generated, ongoing monitoring of the number of new cases per year (i.e., incidence) and percentage of the population experiencing victimization (i.e., prevalence) will enable policymakers to evaluate the effectiveness of policies and interdiction efforts.” American Journal of Public Health, 6/7/2017, full article here.

Human trafficking can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, or socioeconomic status.

The one common factor? A vulnerability to exploit.

Report a Tip

If you believe you might have information about a trafficking situation:


The National Human Trafficking Hotline toll-free hotline at 1-888-373-7888


The National Human Trafficking Hotline at 233733

Anti-Trafficking Hotline Advocates are available 24/7 to take reports of potential human trafficking.

Learn More

About human trafficking in North Carolina and our state’s response:

North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission

About human trafficking in the U.S. and our nation’s response:

Office on Trafficking in Persons

National Human Trafficking Resource Center