Commentary: Ending Human Trafficking in Sport - A Playbook for Forward Progress


  • Matt Moore Ball State University
  • Stacy Kratz University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
  • Lorin Tredinnick Kean University
  • Lerina Bright Mission 89
  • Morgan Thatcher Ball State University


Human trafficking of athletes was recognized by the U.S. Department of State (2020) Trafficking in Persons Report and issued a call for nationwide and international public awareness campaigns. Many aspiring athletes are lured into human trafficking with the false promise of playing for a professional team, which may involve crossing state and national borders. Social workers, in particular, are at the forefront of the anti-trafficking movement (Enrile, 2018; Healy, 2015). This commentary provides a playbook with targeted initiatives sport social workers can take to battle human trafficking in sport.