- United States citizens, foreign nationals, women, children, and LGBTQ individuals
- Children under the age of 18 induced into commercial sex
- Adults (age 18 or over) induced into commercial sex through force, fraud, or coercion
Human trafficking victims have been identified in cities, suburbs, and rural areas in all 50 states. They are made to provide commercial sex against their will in legal and legitimate business settings as well as underground markets. Some victims are hidden behind locked doors in brothels. In other cases, victims are in plain view and may interact with community members. The lack of awareness and understanding of trafficking leads to low levels of victim identification by the people who encounter them regularly.