UW Women's Center

Human Trafficking

The U.S. State Department estimates that there are at least 12.3 million adults and children who are victims of forced labor, bonded labor, and commercial sexual servitude at any given time.[1]  Women and girls represent 98% of those subjected to forced commercial sexual exploitation, and 56% of those exploited for non-sexual labor.[2]  Although the international community has been fighting this industry for more than ten years, human trafficking has not only continued, but is now more profitable than ever.  We cannot allow this to continue.

This past summer, the Women’s Center created an innovative anti-trafficking Task Force comprised of University faculty and staff, state and local legislators, NGOs, and other community leaders who are interested in working to eradicate the trade of human beings.  The Task Force is focused on supporting the work of its members, increasing community awareness, reviewing potential policy development, and researching the contexts and consequences of forced labor. Through partnerships with local businesses and various stakeholders, the Women’s Center Task Force is poised to gather real and specialized data to support education, influence policy, and increase public awareness around human trafficking issues.

Upcoming Events:

SEVEN in Seattle – March 6, 2015

Human Trafficking Conference 2016 – April 22, 2016

[1] United States, Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Report 2010, http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/index.htm (June 2010).

[2] International Labour Organization (ILO), Forced Labour Statistics, http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—ed_norm/—declaration/documents/publication/wcms_decl_fs_20_en.pdf (2005).