Human Trafficking: Globally and Locally

It is estimated that 27 million people are enslaved in the world today. The U.S. Department of State estimates that 14,500-17,500 are trafficked into the Unites States each year. Trafficking victims have been discovered in all 50 states. Washington State has documented cases of both sex and labor trafficking. Human Trafficking, also known as modern day slavery, is a monstrous, abominable issue that is affecting countries across the world, including our own.

In response to this stark reality, World Relief helped launch the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST), a group of Christian organizations which collaborate to design programs, curriculum and training to prevent trafficking and help survivors to rebuild their lives.

What is Human Trafficking?

According to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act , “Severe Forms of Trafficking in Persons” is defined as:

  • Sex Trafficking: 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 forced to perform such an act is under the age of 18 years.
  • Labor Trafficking: 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 subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery.

The Role of World Relief in Combating Human Trafficking

Since 2004, World Relief has partnered with local law enforcement to rescue and provide comprehensive services to survivors of human trafficking in the United States. World Relief trains thousands of community members how to identify victims of trafficking every year.

  • Education: By providing education to the community, services providers, and at-risk populations, World Relief increases awareness on the crime of human trafficking. As more people become educated on the issue of human trafficking, more victims of have the opportunity to be identified and rescued out of slavery.
  • Case Management Services: World Relief is able to provide quality case management services to foreign-born victims of human trafficking across the state of Washington. World Relief aids in finding or providing emergency housing, food, clothing, medical care, counseling, legal assistance and job training to help victims begin restoring their lives.

Partner with World Relief to Help Victims of Human Trafficking

Through the execution of its mission, to empower the local church to serve the most vulnerable, World Relief is able to educate more people and provide quality case management services to victims of human trafficking.

Locally, World Relief Spokane hosts the Spokane Chapter of the Coalition to Abolish Human Trafficking in the Inland Northwest, the first Monday of each month at 4pm. Join the discussion at 1522 N. Washington St. Suite 204, Spokane, WA 99201. For more information, please email: or visit