Partnership to End Human Trafficking (PEHT) is a nonprofit organization that provides individuals with a pathway toward healing and independence through community outreach, residential recovery, and economic empowerment.
It is estimated that the business of Human Trafficking exceeds $150 billion annually, $99 billion coming from the sex trafficking industry alone. It is second largest and fastest growing illegal business in the world.
In 2018 the Connecticut DCF HART teams received 210 referrals for at-risk or confirmed cases of youth trafficking.
In 2018 the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline reported 141 victims of trafficking were identified in CT alone and this is just the number reported through the Hotline, many more have gone unidentified. The majority of reports were centered along major highways including the I-95 corridor and in the Southwestern region of the State.
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center estimates 70 percent of human trafficking incidents occur at truck stops where predatory pimps make contact with desperate girls running from intolerable home lives, thus beginning the journey into human sex bondage.
Interstate 95 is the key piece of geography for initial contact, connecting such major cities as Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, and points south. Along I95 are the rest stops, truck stops, and bus stations that are prime locations for exploitation.