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Human trafficking is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world, generating roughly $150.2 billion worldwide. According to the Trafficking in Persons Report produced by the State Department, approximately 27 million men, women and children are victims of some form of human trafficking. Human trafficking occurs when people are recruited to work or provide services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion, and it includes labor and sex trafficking.
Prostitution and commercial sex are not victimless crimes. Traffickers recruit young girls into prostitution through violence and manipulation; cutting them off from family and friends. The average age at which children in the United States first become victims of sex trafficking is 13. The average age of death of a person involved in prostitution is 34 and the most common cause of death is homicide.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller serves as co-chair of the Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans (IPATH) task force. Zoeller also serves on the Human Trafficking Standing Committee for the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), and he served on the Leadership Council for the 2011-12 Pillars of Hope Initiative for NAAG.