Several federal efforts to combat human trafficking in the U.S. have slowed under the Trump administration, Axios’ Stef Kight and Juliet Bartz write, based on government data and human-trafficking advocates.
- Why it matters: Anti-immigrant sentiment has compounded the problem, as many victims of human trafficking come from other nations.
The big picture: There are thousands of trafficking victims in the U.S., including children trafficked into prostitution as well as agricultural and domestic workers who are paid little or nothing.
- But the Trump administration has cut back on prosecutions of these crimes and assistance to victims.
By the numbers: Last year, the National Human Trafficking Hotline identified almost 15,000 people who were most likely trafficked. That’s more than any year since at least 2012.
- But prosecutions are down: The number of defendants charged