What is the prevalence of human trafficking in Pennsylvania?
It is difficult to gather accurate statistics about the actual prevalence of human trafficking in Pennsylvania or even the United States as a whole. Reasons for this difficulty include the covert nature of the crime, the invisibility of victims, high levels of under-reporting, previous inconsistent definitions of trafficking, and lack of funding for and standardization of data collection. This is important to keep in mind when interpreting the information below.
In 2016, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received 428 calls from Pennsylvania callers so far this year. Of those calls, 116 cases of human trafficking were reported (84 related to sex trafficking, 20 to labor trafficking, three related to sex and labor, and nine to trafficking type not specified). Seventy-six potential victims with high indicators of human trafficking were identified, and 178 potential victims with moderate indicators were identified.