What is human trafficking?
Trafficking is a global human rights violation that is a contemporary form of slavery. According to the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, “severe forms of trafficking in persons” is defined as:
Trafficking of persons is illegal! If you were trafficked into the United States and forced in involuntary servitude, sex, or labor, there is a way out! You can be free!
Human trafficking is a crime under US law.
Who are victims of trafficking?
Questions that can help you identify a victim of human trafficking:
If any of these things have happened to you, your rights have been violated and there is help available to you.
However, the victim should not be prosecuted! If you were trafficked into the USA, it is not your fault! You are a victim of crime and should not be prosecuted for the things you were forced to do. Even if you do not have any documents or visa, you have rights. Even if you agreed to travel and work in the USA, the person who brought you here has no right to abuse you.
As a human being and a victim of trafficking, you are entitled to rights to access certain services and goods such as:
Victims need to be certified by the Office of Refugee Resettlement before they can receive some of these benefits.
View the Washington State Anti-Trafficking Task Force Recommendations Booklet, for more information.
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