The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimated that including U.S. citizens and immigrants 57,700 people are victims of human trafficking, and the Justice Department estimates that roughly 15,000 children are trafficked into the country every year.
Despite the scale of the problem, and the sinister reality that it’s mainly children affected, the federal government has done little to crack down on the problem. After President Donald Trump took office and began enacting pro-law enforcement policies to “make America safe again,” arrests of human traffickers began to take off like a rocket. (RELATED: Democrats Filibuster Bill to Protect Sex Trafficking Victims).
According to the Washington Examiner: “With California leading the way, human trafficking, especially in the sex and labor trades, jumped again last year and has surged 842 percent since the creation of a federally-supported hotline for victims. “Reported cases of human trafficking continue to increase each year. In 2017, 8,759 cases were reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline and BeFree Textline. This number compares to 7,737 reported cases in 2016. The overall figures represent an 842 percent increase over the 10 years Polaris has operated the Hotline,” said the hotline operator which receives federal funding.”
Through late June 2018, human trafficking arrests for the year approached 6,000. That’s nearly double the year prior (which itself marked an all-time high), and triple the year before that. Human trafficking-related arrests never topped 2,000 under the Obama administration and were a paltry 300 in 2010.
More than 9,200 people have been arrested for human trafficking during Obama’s tenure, while Trump is on track to top that this year alone.
Part of the success in cracking down on human trafficking has come from Trump’s war on MS-13, a gang composed primarily of illegal immigrants. Human trafficking is one of the many illicit activities that the ruthless gang takes part in.
The media has been unwilling to cover this story because there is no way they can spin it to make President Trump look bad. President Trump and his administration deserve tremendous credit for taking the dangers of human trafficking seriously and vowing to stop this brutal activity.