What happens to the person suspected of trafficking the victim?
If there is evidence of trafficking, our investigations team will gather intelligence about the suspects and work with the police to attempt an arrest and to file a case. If we are successful, the suspected trafficker will be taken into custody and prosecuted. (As of February 2023, we have secured over 1,200 arrests, with 32% of closed cases resulting in convictions. Not all arrests that we are involved in are directly related to human trafficking.) However, there are many obstacles that stand between an intercept and a conviction. Traffickers will often threaten the victim or her parents, or they may bribe the victim to withdraw the case. Other times, the victim might just be too afraid of the impact that pursuing a conviction would have on her reputation.