Human Trafficking Statistics:
- According to the UN, there as many as 2.4 million men, women, and children who are victims of human trafficking at any given time, about 80 percent are being exploited as sex workers.
- The number of all types of human trafficking victims within US borders is difficult to estimate, but the generally accepted estimate is that there are 50,000 victims brought in to the United States every year for forced labor/sex slavery.
- At $90 as the average price for a slave, the $32 billion industry of human trafficking is the second largest illegal industry in the world.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS:
Right to be notified of your victim rights:
Your rights as a trafficking victim include: the right to be notified of the final decision of the criminal case, the right to be notified of the release date of the offender, and the right to request payment from the offender for expenses.
Right to participate in prosecution:
As a trafficking victim, you have rights pertaining to your participation in the prosecution of your trafficker. The rights include: the right to object to the suggested sentence to be given to the criminal, the right to bring a supportive person to the criminal court dates and trial, and the right to inform the court of how the crime affected you.
Right to protection from harm:
You have rights to ensure that you remain safe, including: the right to request that your address not be mentioned in court, the right to a safe waiting area, and the right to request law enforcement to not tell your name to the public.
Right to apply for financial assistance:
For example, you have the right to apply for financial assistance from the state and the right to request the defendant make payment to the victim.
Undocumented immigrants usually have access to the following:
If the person is detained, he or she has the right to have certain procedures followed (with exceptions for emergency or extraordinary circumstances), such as:
- the right to speak to an attorney;
- the right to a hearing with an Immigration Judge;
- the right to attorney representation (these are not government-paid attorneys, as in criminal proceedings, however); and
- the right to request release from detention, by paying a bond if necessary.
Nonprofit organizations like Civil Society are not required to find out proof of status before providing relief, so their services can be available to undocumented immigrants. Undocumented individuals can usually obtain (without charge):
- emergency medical treatment (for serious health problems)
- testing and treatment of communicable diseases
- some emergency disaster relief
- school lunches and breakfasts
- short-term shelters
- soup kitchens
- food banks
- violence prevention programs
- crisis counseling
- child protection