Massachusetts ranks 23rd in the United States* in 2019 for the number of active criminal human trafficking cases making their way through federal courts. The state had eight active cases. Federal prosecutors charged one new criminal case, ranking Massachusetts 28th in the United States for the number of new criminal human trafficking cases. In 2019, federal courts convicted three defendant in a criminal human trafficking case, ranking Massachusetts 25th in the nation for the number of defendants convicted. Federal courts ordered one out of three convicted defendants to pay restitution to their victim(s), ranking Massachusetts 17th in the nation for percentage of defendants ordered to pay restitution.
*Each State Summary’s findings derived from data the Human Trafficking Institute compiled for the 2019 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, state civil suits, or unreported human trafficking cases.