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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.
–Polaris Project

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.
–MECASA

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further reading

between 70%-90%

of commercially sexually exploited youth are survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Statistics

Human trafficking is closer to home than you think. Read the sobering national and statewide statistics.

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Resources

We've gathered a collection of helpful links about human trafficking. Find both national and local Maine resources.

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National Blue Campaign

The unified voice for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to combat human trafficking

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