"Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Traffickers use force, fraud or coercion to exploit victims for commercial sex or labor purposes. More than 18,000 victims are trafficked into the U.S. annually and more than half of those victims are children.

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world and it is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today.  Victims of sex trafficking may be found in massage parlors, brothels, strip clubs and escort services.

Victims of labor trafficking may be found in domestic situations as nannies or maids, sweatshop factories, construction sites, farm work or panhandling. Human trafficking is everywhere among us and is sometimes in plain sight."

Office of New Mexico Attorney General Gary King