HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE UNITED STATES
A common misconception about human trafficking is that it only happens abroad. In reality, it is happening here, in the United States and in Oregon. According to the 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report, the United States is known as a source, transit and destination country for men, women and children subjected to forced labor, debt bondage, and forced prostitution
The United States is known as a destination country for transnational trafficking networks that bring foreign nationals (defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as "a person who is not a citizen or national of the United States") into the country for purposes of both sexual and labor exploitation. Primary countries of origin for foreign victimscertified by the U.S. government were Thailand, India, Mexico, Honduras, Philippines, Haiti, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. Cases involve both documented and undocumented workers, and they can occur in both legitimate and underground industries.
Victims of human trafficking in the United States also include U.S. citizens and residents trafficked within its borders. The internal, or” domestic,” human trafficking includes both sexual and labor exploitation of men, women and children.
U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons