Human trafficking is a criminal activity in which people are recruited, harbored, transported, bought, or kidnapped to serve an exploitative purpose. The most common purposes of human trafficking are for forced sex or labor. Both children and adults can be victims of trafficking.

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world and is known to have occurred in 18 Washington counties (http://www.atg.wa.gov/HumanTrafficking.aspx). Survivors of human trafficking have the right to protection and assistance regardless of their immigration status.

Resources for more education and information for survivors of trafficking can be found at the Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network’s website at http://warn-trafficking.org. WARN provides free and confidential assistance to any victim of trafficking in Washington state.