About Us

The Asian Pacific Islander Human Trafficking Task Force (APIHTTF) of AAPI Equity Alliance aims to serve Asian and Pacific Islander (API) victims of human trafficking and to raise awareness of human trafficking in the API communities.

APIHTTF was founded to bring together community organizations to better assist the ever growing number of API victims directly affected by human trafficking by efficiently working to provide all the necessary services for victims and survivors that, alone, each organization wouldn’t be able to offer. 

The APIHTTF consists of


Together, we work to provide victims with FREE counseling, case management, legal services, and mental health services to API human trafficking clients to strengthen services to API survivors, and jointly advocate for the needs of human trafficking survivors.

Services are offered in the following languages: Thai/ภาษาไทย,  Cambodian/Khmer/ភាសាខ្មែរ, Bangla/বাংলা, Hindi/हिंदी Japanese/日本語, Nepali/नेपाली, Korean/한국어, Vietnamese/tiếng Việt, Tagalog, Urdu/ اردو , Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese)/(普通話/廣東話), Gujarati/ગુજરાતી, Spanish/Español, French/Français, Italian/Italinao, and Limited: Navajo/Diné bizaad.


Global Estimates of Modern Slavery – International Labor Office and Walk Free Foundation in Partnership with the UN Migration Agency (2017) 

  • On any given day in 2016, 40 million people were victims of modern slavery, including:
    • 25 million people in forced labor
      • Of the 25 million victims of forced labor, 16 million were in the private economy, 4.8 million were in forced sexual exploitation, and 4.1 million were in forced labor imposed by state authorities
        • Among the 16 million people in forced labor in the private economy, over half were in debt bondage
          • This proportion rises to above 70% for adults who were forced to work in agriculture, domestic work, or manufacturing
        • Among the 4.8 million victims of forced sexual exploitation, 3.8 million were adults and 1 million were children
      • Almost one of every four victims of forced labor were exploited outside of their country of residence
        • Points to the high degree of risk associated with migration
    • 15 million people in forced marriage
      • 2.1 out of every thousand persons worldwide were living in forced marriage in 2016, but current estimates should be seen as conservative
      • More than one-third of victims living in a forced marriage were children at the time of the marriage, and almost all child victims were girls
  • From 2012-2016, 89 million people experienced some form of modern slavery, sometimes stretching the entire 5 years
  • Modern slavery occurred in every region in the world
    • Although the Americas reported less prevalence than other regions, this result should be interpreted cautiously given there is a lack of available data in the Americas