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Victims of Sex Trafficking

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Victims of human trafficking often meet someone who promises to protect and care for them. They are told about an easy way to make money. Victims are left to believe that the lifestyle is safe and glamorous. They are told they won't have to do anything they don't want to do.

Then things begin to change.

Eventually, victims are controlled and unable to go where they want, see who they want and talk to who they want. They may be forced to trade sex for money, food, drugs or a place to stay. They may also be forced to pay protection money or provide sexual services to strangers each day.

Victims are abused emotionally, physically and sexually, sold or traded for drug debt or money. They are made to feel worthless and told that each assault or rape will be the last.

Victims sometimes come to believe that no one, not even the police can help them. If you are a victim, know that you have a right to be safe and respected. We can help you find a way out.

Do you know a victim of human trafficking?

Help identify victims of human trafficking by knowing the signs. Victims may:

  • Be unable to present identity documents
  • Have no cell phone
  • Lack access to their own money and resources
  • Work excessively long hours with no or few days off
  • Not go out unaccompanied
  • Be branded with tattoos of the trafficker's name
  • Exhibit signs of chronic fear, guilt, shame, distrust of authority and the inability to make decisions
  • Have bruises and other signs of physical abuse

Contact Us

If you need help immediately, call 9-1-1.

If you are a victim or think you know someone who is, please contact:

Special Victims Unit - Human Trafficking Section