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