Traffickers and venues

Common trafficking venues

Potential sex trafficking venues

Potential labor trafficking venues:

Source: National Human Trafficking Hotline, top venues/industries for sex and labor trafficking (for updated statistics on the potential number of cases reported at these venues follow the link.

Who are traffickers?

"There is no single profile of those who traffic and exploit others. A trafficker may be female or male, a member of an organized crime network, part of a small family business or an amateur operator who assists, for example, in the transportation, documentation or logistics of a trafficking operation. Family members, friends and acquaintances of the person who has been trafficked may have participated in or lead the recruitment or other stages of the trafficking and exploitation process. Some traffickers are former victims of trafficking who now recruit and control other victims (IOM, 2009)."