What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor, services, or commercial sex through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of involuntary servitude, debt bondage, peonage, or slavery.

What Makes Maryland Vulnerable to Human Trafficking?

  • Central location (between New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.)
  • Interstate-95 and truck stops
  • BWI Airport

What are The Salvation Army’s initiatives?

The Salvation Army of Central Maryland is establishing Catherine’s Cottage: a low barrier home that will provide direct services to human trafficking survivors through a holistic, strength-based, trauma, and survivor informed approach. Catherine’s Cottage will serve female survivors with children, foreign nationals, and adult female-identifying transgenders.

Human Trafficking Around the World

  • Human trafficking is a $32,000,000,000 industry worldwide.
  • The average age for victims of sex trafficking is 12 years old.
  • 100,000 children are trafficked in the U.S. each year.
  • Nearly 27 million men, women, and children are victims of human trafficking.
  • 14,500-17,500 men and women are trafficked into the U.S. each year.