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"Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons, is a modern-day form of slavery.  It is a crime under federal and international law; it is also a crime in every state in the United States."-National Human Trafficking Hotline

What is Human Trafficking


Sex Trafficking:  the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not yet attained 18 years of age

Labor Trafficking:  the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

Often times a victim of trafficking is being forced into both labor and sex trafficking such as working at a strip club while being sold for sex.  Rarely a victim identifies as a victim.

Help Identify an exploited individual

  • May have a tattoo or "branding"

  • Is not free to leave or come and go at will

  • Is in the commercial sex industry and has pimp/manager

  • Works excessively long and/or unusual hours

  • Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, nervous, fatigued, or malnourished

  • Is not allowed to speak for themselves

  • Not in control of their own money or identification

  • Inconsistent stories

This list is only a portion of possible red flags. Consider the big picture of what you are seeing.  Often times a person will not identify as a victim. 

Polaris Project

Learn more about the statistics on Human Trafficking and laws that affect victims.


https://polarisproject.org/

New York State and the Hudson Valley

Human trafficking takes place on an international, national, and local level.  NY state saw 319 calls and 206 human trafficking cases were reported in 2018 to the national trafficking hotline.  This number is only a portion of the number of persons trafficked in NY state, as many are not reported.

Safe Harbour was passed in NY state in 2008 to protect sexually exploited youth.  Many counties in NY state have existing Safe Harbour programs, including Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties.  Follow the link to learn more.

https://ulstercountyny.gov/social-services/safe-harbour-program