General and Comprehensive Information about Human Trafficking
The documents on this page contain general information about human trafficking or cover several different kinds of trafficking. If you are interested in a specific area (such as sex trafficking or labor trafficking) after reading the documents here, please check the pages dedicated specifically to those issues to learn more. This collection will continue to grow as we find more relevant documents so please check back in from time to time to see what has been added.
This State Department release gives a brief introduction to the issue of human trafficking throughout the world.
This page from PolarisProject.org addresses some of the common misconceptions surrounding human trafficking and helps to address some of the most common questions about the issue.
The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is released every year by the U.S. government and attempts to give a complete picture of the state of human trafficking throughout the world. The link above leads to the information page for the report and in the left column of that page there are links to all of the reports back to 2001.
This brief fact sheet outlines the definitions of human smuggling and human trafficking and the differences between the two. It acknowledges that even though these are separate crimes, they are sometimes tied together and the fact sheet examines these ties as well.
A large percentage of the victims of human trafficking throughout the world are women. This document explains some of the reasons that traffickers target women over men in both sex and labor trafficking.
This release examines the many ways that human trafficking affects the health of victims. It has implications for their physical, mental, emotional, and often times sexual health as well.
This page contains links to a multi-module anti-trafficking module constructed by the United Nations. The manual is aimed primarily at law enforcement officials, but the information in the documents could be useful to anyone who works with victims of human trafficking or who wants to become more informed about the legal side of the issue.