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Office of the Indiana Attorney General

Attorney General > Crime Victims > Human Trafficking Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world, generating roughtly $150.2 billion worldwide.  According to the Trafficking in Persons Report produced by the State Department, approximately 27 million men, women and children are victims of some form of human trafficking. Human trafficking occurs when people are recruited to work or provide services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion, and it includes labor and sex trafficking, The average age at which children in the United States first become victims of sex trafficking is12-14, the FBI estimates that nearly 300,000 American youths are at risk of becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller serves as co-chair of the Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans (IPATH) task force. Zoeller also co-chairs the Human Trafficking Standing Committee for the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), and he served on the Leadership Council for the 2011-12 Pillars of Hope Initiative for NAAG. Zoeller developed a model anti demand initiative for all states to use, dubbed "Don't Buy the Lie" that purchasing sex is a victimless crime. As part of the "Don't Buy the Lie" campaign, Zoeller created a public pledge to promote zero tolerance for the sex industry and supported legislative changes that make it easier to prosecute and hold traffickers accountable.

Don't Buy the Lie

This campaign includes the following tools individuals and groups can use to educate themselves on the myths and facts about commercial sex. 

Modern Day Slavery: a four-minute video on sex trafficking, courtesy of stAT.

Don't Buy the Lie: download this PowerPoint presentation to view and discuss

Take the pledge: print and sign to pledge your commitment to not participate in commercial sex.

Not a John: print and carry this wallet-sized card to demonstrate your commitment to not participate in commercial sex.

Demand Reduction: Critical Next Step in the Fight Against Sex Trafficking: download this PDF to view and discuss

Trafficking of Children on the Internet, "A Letter to Congress: The Communications Decency Act Promotes Human Trafficking"

Super Bowl 2012 Outreach

IPATH collaborated with nearly 60 groups and more than 270 Indiana volunteers to raise awareness about sex trafficking prior to Super Bowl 2012. For information on these efforts and their results please see:

Super Bowl Scorecard

Game Plan to Fight Human Trafficking

IPATH Posters


Who Am I (Letter)

Who Am I (Tabloid)

Quien Soy Yo

General Resources

Human Trafficking: An Introduction  

IPATH - Human Trafficking Fact Sheet

Pillars of Hope Handout

Toolkit for Local Initiatives

Human Trafficking Red Flags - General Public

Video Link: American Market

Human Trafficking: Culture, Demand, and Prevention

Additional Resources

Educational, Outreach and Awareness Materials

Professional Resources and Trainings

Trucking Industry

If you have questions or would like more information, please send an email to