Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that occurs in every state, including Louisiana. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center works closely with service providers, law enforcement, and other professionals in Louisiana to serve victims and survivors of trafficking, respond to human trafficking cases, and share information and resources.
The below statistics are based on the signals — phone calls, emails, and web forms — received by the NHTH that reference Louisiana. To protect the identity of the people we serve, the NHTH does not disclose exact statistics related to venues, industries, or caller information when referenced fewer than three times. Nearly one-quarter of the human trafficking reports came from Orleans Parish, the report said, and 28 percent were reported in Caddo Parish.
SINCE 2007 (As of June 2018)
- Total Calls: 2,224
- Total Cases: 671
- Total Victims – Moderate: 956
- Total Victims – High: 944
GENDER: Female (62) & Male (11)
AGE: Adult (52) & Minor (12)
TOP VENUES/INDUSTRIES FOR SEX TRAFFICKING
- Illicit Massage/Spa Business
- Online Ad, Venue Unknown
- Escort Services
March 2018: Sex trafficking was overwhelmingly the most common type of case reported, with 641 cases making up 94 percent of all trafficking cases. There were nine cases of labor trafficking and 29 cases where both sex and labor trafficking were involved. Women were the most frequent victims of trafficking, with 78.3 percent reports involving females. There were 41 male victims of trafficking and seven were reported as transgender.
UNITED STATES STATS
While the dark world of international sex trafficking is becoming more well known, many people remain unaware that sex trafficking isn’t just an international problem. It happens in your neighborhoods, communities, at local truck stops – often masquerading as prostitution.
The following information from Shared Hope International helps shed some light on the problem of domestic sex trafficking:11
- Human Trafficking in the U.S. is a 9.8 billion dollar industry.
- Over 1.68 million American children run away each year
- Up to 90% of victims are under the control of a pimp
- Pimps commonly sell girls for $400 an hour or more
- Kids are especially susceptible to the deception and manipulation of traffickers. Traffickers recruit at locations that commonly attract youth; like schools, malls, parks, even protective shelters and group homes.
- Boys and girls can be victims
If you — or perhaps your school-age child — are concerned about someone you know, consider these warning signs (compliments of Shared Hope International) that an individual is being trafficked:
- Signs of physical abuse, such as burn marks, bruises or cuts
- Unexplained absences from class
- Less appropriately dressed than before
- Sexualized behavior
- Overly tired in class
- Withdrawn, depressed, distracted or checked out
- Brags about making or having lots of money
- Displays expensive clothes, accessories or shoes
- New tattoo (tattoos are often used by pimps as a way to brand victims. Tattoos of a name, symbol of money or barcode could indicate trafficking)
- Older boyfriend or new friends with a different lifestyle
- Talks about wild parties or invites other students to attend parties
- Shows signs of gang affiliation (i.e., a preference for specific colors, notebook doodles of gang symbols, etc.)
The selling and trading of human life for the purpose of sex, labor or any other purpose is an attack on human dignity. The reality is sex trafficking turns people, often very young girls, into mere commodities — sexual objects to be bought, sold, used and discarded. No human being should be treated this way.
At its core, sex trafficking is an issue of the sanctity of human life. As Christians, we believe in the sanctity of all human life — from fertilization to natural death. Sex trafficking degrades and often destroys human lives that are made in the image of God. Thankfully, there are many people working to stop the horrors of sex trafficking.
The sad reality is sex trafficking wouldn’t exist if there was no demand. Prostitution, which often involves human trafficking, is fueled by the proliferation of pornography. Equally important, we must understand human trafficking is directly fueled by and connected to the growth and acceptance of other forms of sexual exploitation, such as prostitution, pornography and strip clubs.