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End Human Trafficking

​Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. It is estimated that human trafficking generates billions of dollars of profit per year – second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime.

Because the Port of Seattle can have a meaningful impact at reducing both trafficking supply and demand in the Puget Sound region, it has joined with Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) to develop a new comprehensive port-wide strategy to combat human trafficking.

The Port's strategy will focus on four areas:

  1. Training – Ensure that all employees have access to the proper training and education to understand both what human trafficking is as well as how it undermines our commitment to equity and social justice. As appropriate, provide additional training to customer-facing employees and public safety personnel to identify and stop human trafficking taking place through our facilities.

  2. Communications and Infrastructure – Utilize port facilities and communications channels to raise public awareness of human trafficking, and provide information to stop trafficking taking place at our facilities. In particular, focus on visitors to the Port’s aviation and maritime facilities through signage and by providing clear, accessible reporting infrastructure and procedures.

  3. Partnerships – Leverage existing resources and relationships both to reduce duplication and to maximize the impact of our efforts, including collaborating with nonprofits, state and federal agencies, and key customers and vendors like airlines, airport dining & retail, taxis & TNCs, ocean carriers, intermodal transportation providers and construction contractors.

  4. Policies and Protocols – Ensure that Port policies (such as travel and expenses, as well as use of Port resources and electronic devices) prohibit engagement in human trafficking, and provide clear procedures for employees to follow to report suspicion of human trafficking and violations of these policies.

Anit-human trafficking press release
Click here to read the press release: Port of Seattle expands its efforts to combat human traffickingEnhanced training and public awareness will be part of the program.

Commission-passed Anti-Human Trafficking Motion
Select this link to view the Commission-passed Anti-Human Trafficking Motion.


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For more information about the Port's Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy, please contact Eric Schinfeld, 206-787-5031.

Facts about human trafficking

$150 billion is generated globally on an annual basis:

  • $99 billion came from commercial sexual exploitation.
  • $51 billion came from forced labor.

(Source: International Labor Organization [ILO], April 2017)

Globally, of an estimated 20.9 million victims of human trafficking:

  • 26% are children
  • 55% are girls or women

(Source: ILO, 2012)

Victims in Washington state:

  • 300-500 children are prostituted in greater Seattle.
  • Some are as young as 11 years old.
  • Most of these youth are American.
  • The typical age of entry into prostitution is between 13 and 15 years old.

(Source: Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking [BEST])