If you are thinking, “we do not have trafficking in ND…” you are not alone. Common misconceptions lead people to believe human trafficking is something that happens in another state, larger cities or across the globe. However, human trafficking affects every community in the United States across age, gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic backgrounds.


Out of sight, out of mind

  • Individuals are advertised for sex online and trafficked out of local and rural hotels and homes.

  • Adults forced to work long hours on a rural farm. This may include the withholding of personal identification documents if they are from another country. Withholding may also include food, water, money, medical treatment, etc. Labor traffickers may make threats against the worker’s lives or the lives of their loved ones.

  • Survival sex is the exchange of goods, like food or shelter, in exchange for a labor or a sexual act. Vulnerable populations are particularly at risk for being exploited as they may have limited options to meet basic needs, and traffickers and buyers aim to take advantage of their vulnerabilities.

  • Parent/Guardian trading their child for sex to obtain drugs and alcohol. This happens behind closed doors and may go on for a long period of time wherein the youth may not identify as a victim because the behavior has been normalized.

North Dakota by the Numbers 

Since its inception in 2015, the NDHTTF has trained communities to identify signs of trafficking, provided response and advocacy for victims, and investigated and prosecuted crimes related to trafficking. Below are statistics the NDHTTF is proud to share that reflect the work done statewide to combat trafficking.

Please note that our data collection efforts are a work in progress as we continue to include new agencies in our reporting, as well as train participating organizations on how to accurately utilize reporting systems. Temporary discrepancies in data may result as we work through these reporting processes.

In 2017, the NDHTTF

  • Served 79 victims of human trafficking, 41 of these are North Dakotans

  • Served 79 new clients: 66 adults, and 13 children

  • Trained 3,309 professionals on human trafficking identification

  • Held 321 community-based response meetings to combat human trafficking

Since the inception of the task force the NDHTTF

  • Served 345 victims of human trafficking (268 adults, 77 minors)

    • Sex: 243; Labor: 28; Sex & Labor: 24; Other: 50

  • Trained 10,026 professionals on human trafficking identification, service provision, and investigation

  • 1,829 Technical Assistance Calls made to NDHTTF Operational Team

  • Investigated 74 cases of human trafficking

    • 59 Sex Trafficking; 10 Labor Trafficking; 5 Sex & Labor Trafficking

  • Fifty-seven (57) arrests of perpetrators were made

*Data reporting: trained professionals is from January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2019

North Dakota HT Reports

Click on links below to view, download or print PDFs

2018 Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission Report
NDHTTF Quarterly Report
(coming soon)