The Problem

Sex trafficking is modern day slavery that exists as a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry both Internationally and in the United States denying globally over 40.3 million people freedom. And, some of those people right here in New Orleans.

Why? Because New Orleans is home to the infamous Bourbon Street, festivals every day of the year, sporting events, and conventions all year long. In addition, it is connected to the world through ports, air travel, and multiple major interstates. All of these factors make New Orleans a hot bed for human trafficking.

Louisiana & US Statistics

What You Need to Know

21.7 Million Reports

In the year 2020 alone, we’ve seen the rate of these types of incidents increase 97.5% compared to the year prior.

Targeting Children

Juveniles account for 428 (57.5%) of the reported sexual trafficking victims.

Ages 2 to 65

The age range of all sex trafficking victims is from age 2 months to 63.

1 in 6

Of the more than 23,500 endangered runaways reported in 2019, 1 in 6 were likely victims of child sex trafficking.

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