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Jacob Kaplan's Concatenated Files: Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program Data: Human Trafficking 2013-2018

Resource Type
  • Kaplan, Jacob (University of Pennsylvania)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
human trafficking; UCR; Uniform Crime Reports; involuntary servitude; commercial sex acts
  • Abstract

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    This Human Trafficking data set is an FBI data set that is part of the annual Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program data. This data contains information about human trafficking offenses reported in the United States. There are two crimes that are included in this data set: commercial sex acts and involuntary servitude. The information is the number of these crimes that are reported, to have actually occurred (based upon an investigation into the report), to not have occurred ("unfounded"), cleared by arrest of at least one person, and cleared by arrest where all offenders are under the age of 18.
    The data sets here combine data from the years 2013-2018 (the only years available) into a single file for annual data and a single file for monthly data (data does not get more precise than monthly counts). I also added state, county, and place FIPS code from the LEAIC (crosswalk).

    All the data was is from the FBI and read into R using the package asciiSetupReader. All work to clean the data and save it in various file formats was also done in R. For the R code used to clean this data, see here. The raw (in fixed-width ASCII format) was downloaded on the FBI's website here:

    The following definitions are from the FBI's UCR manual which is included in each zip file available to download. Please see pages 55-58 of that manual for more information, including examples of each offense.
    Human Trafficking - Commercial Sex Acts: Inducing a person by force, fraud, or coercion to participate in commercial sex acts, or in which the person induced to perform such act(s) has not attained 18 years of age.
    Human Trafficking - Involuntary Servitude: The obtaining of a person(s) through recruitment, harboring, transportation, or provision, and subjecting such persons by force, fraud, or coercion into involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery (not to include commercial sex acts).
Temporal Coverage
  • 2013-01-01 / 2018-12-31
    Time Period: Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2013--Mon Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2018
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Smallest Geographic Unit: Police agency

Update Metadata: 2020-07-09 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-07-09

Kaplan, Jacob (2020): Jacob Kaplan's Concatenated Files: Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program Data: Human Trafficking 2013-2018. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.