UW Women's Center

Human Trafficking and Healthcare Fact Sheet 2017


Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world (1,2). Similar to domestic violence, human tra cking crimes honor neither borders nor populations.

Washington State is a “hot bed” for sex and non-sex human tra cking. Victims range from domestic youth forced into the sex trade to migrant labors forced to work in our agricultural elds and everything in between. As a means to add to the rich body of knowledge regarding warning sign/red ags, best practices, and questions to ask, the UW Women’s Center reached out to a sample of our community’s survivors and victim centered community-based organizations, healthcare facilities, attorneys and more to learn from their rst-hand experience and wisdom.

1. US Department of Justice. Federal Bureau of Investigations. “Human Traf cking/Involuntary Servitude.” FBI.gov. N.d. Web. Accessed 9 Feb. 2017. <www.fbi.gov/investigate/civil-rights/ human-traf cking>
2. Arlacchi, Pino. “Human traf cking fastest growing form of organized crime: UN anti-crime chief.” UN News Centre. United Nations. 1 Nov. 2001. Web. <www.un.org/apps/news/story. asp?NewsID=2007#.WJNmp_krKUk> “Profits and Poverty: The Economics of Forced Labour.” International Labor Organization. 1 Jan. 2014. Web

To read more about facts on Human Trafficking and Healthcare, check out Human Trafficking and Healthcare Fact Sheet 2017 (Final)