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NCJ Number: 251390 Find in a Library
Title: Federal Prosecution of Human-Trafficking Cases, 2015
Series: BJS Special Reports
Author(s): Mark Motivans; Howard N. Snyder
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: June 2018
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|PDF
Agency Summary: 
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic) ; Report (Technical Assistance); Statistics
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents national data on human-trafficking cases in the federal criminal justice system for fiscal year 2015.
Abstract: Human-trafficking offenses include peonage, slavery, forced labor, or sex trafficking; production of child pornography; and transportation for illegal sex activity. Data show the number of persons investigated by federal law enforcement agencies and referred to U.S. attorneys for human-trafficking offenses, as well as number of cases prosecuted, adjudicated, and sentenced in U.S. district court, including the disposition of human-trafficking matters concluded, reasons matters were declined for prosecution, demographic characteristics of suspects charged with human-trafficking offenses, and key case outcomes, such as conviction rates and prison sentence lengths. In fiscal year 2015, 1,923 suspects with human trafficking as the lead charge were referred to U.S. attorneys. Thirty-nine percent of these cases were for peonage, slavery, labor, or sex trafficking; 32 percent for production of child pornography; and 29 percent for transportation for illegal sex activity. Most of the human-trafficking suspects referred to U.S. attorneys were by the FBI (52 percent) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (19 percent). Nearly 6 in 10 (59 percent) human-trafficking suspects referred to U.S. attorneys in 2015 were prosecuted in U.S. district courts. Just over 9 in 10 (93 percent) human-trafficking defendants were convicted. Nearly all (99 percent) of the 769 convicted human-trafficking defendants in 2015 received a prison sentence. Findings are based on data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ (BJS’) Federal Justice Statistics Program, with source data provided by the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. 11 tables and 4 figures
Main Term(s): Court statistics
Index Term(s): BJS Resources; Dispositions; Federal courts; Offense statistics; Sentencing statistics; Trafficking in Persons
Note: This resource is part of the BJS Characteristics of Suspected Human-Trafficking Incidents Series.
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