Defined as recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons by means of the threat, use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse or exploitation, Trafficking in Persons is the third largest and fastest growing criminal activity in the world. A grave violation of human rights, it is a world-wide criminal threat to security, civil rights, and stability and a direct threat to our national foreign policy goals. Trafficking in Persons undermines and degrades our readiness and will not be tolerated in the Army.

This zero tolerance policy applies to all Soldiers, Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees, and affiliated DoD contractors and the contractors employees and subcontractor employees. Army policy:

  • opposes any and all activities associated with human trafficking;
  • vigorously enforces the law against all those who traffic in persons as well as those who facilitate trafficking in persons;
  • applies world-wide - on or off duty - on or off military reservation;
  • requires commanders to establish and enforce off-limits locations;
  • requires immediate mandatory awareness training for all DoD military and civilian personnel, and for DoD contract personnel, deploying overseas;
  • requires commanders to develop a program that includes an assessment of Trafficking in Persons and related issues (e.g. prostitution), awareness training and periodic checks (the IG and other investigative services).

Leaders throughout the Army must understand the dynamics and indicators of trafficking and be vigilant in correcting or reporting suspected violations or activities. We urge all commanders to make full use of all tools available to combat trafficking in persons. No leader will turn a blind eye to this issue.


More Policy

Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) Memo: Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative for Haiti Relief Efforts
Signed Letter.pdf

Army Regulation 350-1, Army Training and Leader Development (see appendix G, sub-section G-13 for CTIP)
Army Regulation 350-1

ALARACT 252/2007 Combating Trafficking in Persons Program
ALARACT 061827Z NOV 07.doc

Army Combating Trafficking in Persons Policy Memo
Army policy memo (Jul 24 06).pdf

DODI 2200.01 Combating Trafficking in Persons (CTIP)
DoDI 2200.01.pdf

Executive Order 13387 2005 Amendment to MCM- Patronizing a Prostitute
EO 13387-2005.pdf

DODI 5525.11 Criminal Jurisdiction Over Civilians Employed By or Accompanying the Armed Forces Outside the United States, Certain Service Members, and Forces Outside the United States, Certain Service Members, and Former Service Members
DoDI 5525.11.pdf

National Security Presidential Directive 22 Combating Trafficking in Persons

Executive Order 13257 Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Executive Order 13257.pdf

To report a suspected victim of human trafficking...
...or for TIP related information and resources call the National Human Resources Trafficking Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-3737-888 or go to: If you are outside of the United States, please report the activity to your chain of command, Provost Marshal, or contact the DoD Inspector General at 1-800-424-9098/ e-mail