What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is the exploitation of human beings using force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of sexual exploitation and/or forced labor. The Salvation Army has been in the fight against human trafficking since 1885.

Types of Human Trafficking

Sex Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion; or in which the person induced to perform the act has not yet reached 18 years of age.

Labor Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of involuntary servitude, debt bondage, peonage, or slavery.

What Makes the National Capital Area Vulnerable to Human Trafficking?

  • Geographic Location
  • Sporting Events
  • Gambling/Casinos
  • Tourism
  • Interstates and Truck Stops
  • Easy Access to 3 Airports

Our Role

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command is developing an anti-human trafficking program to combat human trafficking and support survivors throughout Washington, D.C., suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia by:

  • Offering services to adult victims of all forms of human trafficking including an emergency shelter and crisis response team;
  • Providing education and training to the public to increase awareness of human trafficking; and,
  • Participating in anti-human trafficking area task forces and partnering with other agencies to provide comprehensive services to survivors.

How You Can Help

REPORT – Report any and all suspected human trafficking activity to authorities.

SPEAK UP – Share information about the issue of human trafficking with friends and family.

GIVE or RAISE FUNDS – Donations to The Salvation Army allow us to provide life saving assistance to human trafficking victims.

CONTACT US – email us at antihumantrafficking.ncac@uss.salvationarmy.org