Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings for forced labor or sexual exploitation. Law enforcement and social service groups acknowledge that both types of trafficking exist in Hawaii. Labor trafficking in part stems from Hawaii's long history of importing foreign agricultural workers. The trafficking of sex workers is a problem in part because the state is a tourism destination and military center.
Human trafficking is a phenomenon that has been recognized in recent years as a fast growing, modern-day form of slavery — but one that is particularly difficult to measure, because victims are often hidden.