Axios AM – September 7, 2019

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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.