Human Trafficking
Alcohol Law Enforcement is heading the state-wide joint law enforcement effort on human trafficking.

ALE is working with the Office of Homeland Security, NC ISAAC, and local law enforcement agencies, to stop human trafficking. ALE agents are strategically placed in all 100 North Carolina counties. They enforce laws and regulations in two of the top three human trafficking venues such as restaraunts and bars licensed by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, and they have state-wide law enforcement authority.

North Carolina is among the top ten states that receive the largest number of tips to a national human trafficking hotline, and Charlotte is the 6th largest metropolitan area in the nation for human trafficking violations.

Labor trafficking is the most prevalent form of human trafficking, but forced commercial sex exploitation (which may include starvation, and physical and psychological abuse) of women and girls is the most commonly reported and prosecuted.

Human trafficking is most prevalent at the ABC-licensed businesses that include adult entertainment, massage or spa treatments and at restaurants.  North Carolina has 18,000 ABC-licensed establishments. Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing financial crime in the world ($9.5 billion in US and $32 billion globally).