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Did you know the majority of human trafficking victims never get out?


In fact, the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) 2021 report estimated there are just shy of 50 million people in the world trafficked in forced labor or forced marriage. More than 3 million of those in forced labor are children.

In the U.S. those victimized by human trafficking have been identified in cities, suburbs, and rural areas in all 50 states, and Washington, D.C.  According to the 2021 Federal Human Trafficking Report, 57% of all trafficking victims involved in new U.S. criminal cases in 2021, were minors.

In Iowa, we face the reality of human trafficking, too. According to the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, one out of every three runaway teenagers in Iowa is lured into commercial sexual exploitation within 36 hours of leaving home.

At Chains Interrupted, we’re fighting to stop it.


Education & Resources


If you’re interested in more information about human trafficking,
Chains Interrupted recommends the following books, movies, and websites.

It's a great place to start!


The White Umbrella by Mary Frances Bowely

Renting Lacy by Linda Smith

Girls Like Us by Rachel Loyd

The Natashas and The Johns by Victor Malarek

Your Brain on Porn by Gary Wilson




“Caged No More”

“Finding Home”

“Your Photo Fate” – available on YouTube



Polaris Project

Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking

Shared Hope

The A21 Campaign

Fight the New Drug



Every day, around the world and even in Iowa, human traffickers are targeting victims to enter the heinous world of human trafficking, including sex and labor trafficking. But the truth is, statistics about this dark and evil industry are hard to know for certain due to the shadows where these victims are forced to live.

At Chains Interrupted, we’re here to share the available facts and figures with you and your organization to better understand human trafficking’s effect in Iowa and abroad.


If you’re a survivor of human trafficking, we’re here for you and you aren’t alone. 

Contact us today if you need help getting home, or if you want to know more about resources available.  Your voice is heard at Chains Interrupted.


  • Not sure how to tell if you’re in contact with a human trafficking situation?

  • Do you think you’ve seen concerning behavior at a rest stop or hotel?

  • Learn more about how to recognize the signs of human trafficking in action, and how you can help alert the proper authorities to stop it.

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