Profiting from the exploitation of children, adolescents, and adults is known as Human Trafficking. Human Trafficking is illegal. Victims of trafficking may be foreign nationals or U.S. citizens. Women and girls make up the majority of reported victims, as well as people who identify with underrepresented or underserved communities, or who are perceived as vulnerable.
In Pennsylvania, the human trafficking law criminalizes recruiting, enticing, advertising, soliciting, harboring, transporting, providing, obtaining or maintaining an individual for involuntary labor or sex through force, fraud, or coercion. That can include threats of harm, physical restraints, kidnapping, withholding personal property, or controlling access to addictive drugs.