Human Trafficking in Maryland

In many ways, Maryland is uniquely situated to be a “hot spot” for human trafficking:

Human trafficking is often referred to as modern day slavery. In its most basic form human trafficking is fraudulently, forcibly, or coercively using another for purposes of exploitation. There are two main types of human trafficking: sex trafficking and labor trafficking.

Maryland’s central location has facilitated its development as both a pass-through state and a destination for human traffickers. Traffickers utilize many of our highways, especially Interstate-95 to connect victims to major east coast cities such as New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. With major highways come numerous rest stops, truck stops, and bus stations, all of which have proven to be a primary location for traffickers to exploit their victims as well as Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI). Airports also are a breeding ground for human trafficking because traffickers know that “Johns” who travel to Maryland for brief meetings or conferences will engage in illicit sexual activities more willingly because of the anonymity they experience in a new location.

Educate yourself about Human Trafficking:

Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force (mdhumantrafficking.org)

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