Below is an abbreviation of a letter the National Center on Sexual Exploitation send to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the U.S. Department of Justice

WASHINGTON – In Fiscal Year 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested 1,437 individuals for human trafficking -- the illegal trade and exploitation of people for commercial gain, most commonly in the form of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation. From those cases, nearly 400 trafficking victims were identified and offered critical services. 

This year marks the sixth anniversary of President Barack Obama’s proclamation of January as National Slavery and Trafficking Prevention month. ICE participates in a variety of human trafficking awareness events in January and throughout the year.

Men accused of running human trafficking operation

As recounted by WWSB ABC7 - MySuncoast/Associated Press

NAPLES, Fla. - Two southwest Florida men face multiple charges after authorities uncovered a human trafficking operation that led to the rescue of four women.

Collier County Sheriff's officials announced the arrests Monday of 34-year-old Gregory Hines and 58-year-old Keith Lewis, following a six-month investigation. They're each being held on a $1.8 million bond.

U.S. Gay Sex Slave Trial Exposes Dilemmas faced by Male Trafficking Victims


Reuters - 12/29/15 - by Elizabeth Daley

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Three young Hungarian men have helped dismantle a U.S. gay prostitution ring that enslaved them, marking a victory for local prosecutors but highlighting the difficulty in reaching and helping male trafficking victims, campaigners said.

The men's accounts of being raped, locked up in windowless rooms, and their lives threatened led to the conviction this month of Andras Janos Vass, 26, for helping to operate a male prostitution ring of gay Hungarians in New York City and Miami.

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