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:
- you have been forced to perform sexual acts;
- you have been hurt or you or your family have been threatened with harm;
- food, water, sleep, medical care or other things you need are kept from you;
- you are not allowed to see your friends or family, or attend social events, including religious services;
- you were told you were being hired for one job and then forced to do another job. You are not allowed to quit and cannot escape;
- the trafficker is taking part of your salary;
- someone other than you controls your identification and travel documents; or
- the trafficker has forced you to lie to officials and threatened you with deportation or law enforcement action.
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.