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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 are 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 and US Statistics

What You Need To Know

In 2018, DCFS reported 744 cases of human trafficking. This is an increase of 9% from the year before.

The overwhelming majority were victims of sexual trafficking (710) victims and female (678 victims). Juveniles accounted for 428 (57.5%) of the reported victims, an increase of 20% from the year before.

The age range of all sex trafficking victims is from age 2 to 65.

Of the more than 23,500 endangered runaways reported to NCMEC in 2019, one in six were likely victims of child sex trafficking. 88% of those were in the care of social services or foster care. Of those 86% were in the care of social services or foster care when they ran.

In 2018, DCFS reported 744 cases of human trafficking. This is an increase of 9% from the year before.

The overwhelming majority were victims of sexual trafficking (710) victims and female (678 victims). Juveniles accounted for 428 (57.5%) of the reported victims, an increase of 20% from the year before.

The age range of all sex trafficking victims is from age 2 to 65.

Of the more than 23,500 endangered runaways reported to NCMEC in 2019, one in six were likely victims of child sex trafficking. 88% of those were in the care of social services or foster care. Of those 86% were in the care of social services or foster care when they ran.

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Diane Amos, Executive Director

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