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Victims of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a serious crime that is punishable by both New York State and federal law. Trafficking is the act of using human beings for some type of labor or commercial sex purpose. Victims are often promised jobs but instead are forced or pressured into prostitution or domestic, farm, factory, or other types of labor. Trafficking and domestic violence can occur at the same time. Similar to abusers, traffickers control victims by restricting their movements and manipulating them psychologically, including threatening to hurt family members or reporting them to law enforcement.

You may be a victim of trafficking if:

If you think you are a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-3737-888 to get help or connect with a service provider in your area. The NHTRC is not a law enforcement or immigration authority or government agency.

More resources are listed in the back of this booklet.