Education & Awareness
What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking, also known as "trafficking in persons" (TIP), is a crime under federal international law.
What is Sex Trafficking?
The use of violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to force women, men and children to engage in commercial sex against their will. Under federal law, any minor under the age of 18 years induced into commercial sex is a victim of sex trafficking – regardless of whether or not the trafficker used force, fraud, or coercion.
What is Labor Trafficking?
Federal law defines sex and labor trafficking in the same way: it is the use or obtaining of a person for the purposes of sex or labor through the means of force, fraud or coercion. There is a close relationship between sex trafficking and labor trafficking, and the two may overlap. Though the identification of sex trafficking victims currently appears to be more prevalent in Maine, many experts agree that as we explore labor trafficking and exploitation in more depth, the known prevalence will likely rise.