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Human Trafficking Information

As part of the Human Trafficking Task Force of the Southern Tier, the American Civic Association is committed to sharing important information on trafficking and being a resource in the community.

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will. Anyone of any age or any gender can be the victims of this. 

Human trafficking can include, but does not require, movement.  People may be considered trafficking victims regardless of whether they were born into a state of servitude, were exploited in their hometown, were transported to the exploitative situation, previously consented to work for a trafficker, or participated in a crime as a direct result of being trafficked.  At the heart of this phenomenon is the traffickers’ aim to exploit and enslave their victims and the myriad coercive and deceptive practices they use to do so.

Sex Trafficking:

Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age.

Sex trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues within the sex industry, including residential brothels,  escort services, fake massage businesses, strip clubs, and street prostitution.

Labor Trafficking:

Labor trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

Labor trafficking has been found in diverse labor settings including, domestic work, small businesses, large farms, and factories.


There is help. If you or anyone you know may be affected by trafficking, please reach out to us or call the hotline number below.



call: 1-888-373-7888

or text: 233733

to learn more or report a tip 

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The National Human Trafficking Hotline accepts tips about potential sex and labor trafficking situations and aids in reporting them to the proper authorities. It also helps victims and survivors stay safe by connecting them with services and support. 


The American Civic Association is a member of the Southern Tier Human Trafficking Task Force. 

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