In Iowa, five new criminal human trafficking cases were filed in federal courts in 2020. Seven defendants were convicted. 100 percent of active defendants were charged with sex trafficking, and zero percent were charged with forced labor. Federal courts ordered four out of six convicted defendants to pay restitution to their victim(s), matching the number of Iowa defendants ordered to pay restitution in 2019.

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*Each State Report’s findings are derived from data the Human Trafficking Institute compiled for the 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report. Findings are not a prevalence estimate of trafficking in the state but instead serve as an objective summary of federal efforts to address human trafficking in that state. The Report does not capture data from state prosecutions, federal or state civil suits, or unreported human trafficking cases.