Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery involving the use of force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against the worker’s will. It is taking place throughout the world, oftentimes in plain sight.
You may find evidence of sex trafficking in residential brothels, escort services, fake massage businesses, strip clubs, and street prostitution.
Labor trafficking may be found in settings involving domestic work, small businesses, large farms, and factories.
Despite growing awareness about this crime, human trafficking is underreported. NJ 2-1-1 has partnered with the National Human Trafficking Resource Center in an effort to connect those in need of services with those who can help. Dial 211 or the NHTRC Hotline for help.
Vulnerable populations are often the most susceptible to human trafficking.
- Runaway and homeless youth
- Foreign nationals
- Individuals who have experienced violence and trauma in the past
If you believe you have information about a potential trafficking situation:
- Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) toll-free hotline at 1-888-373-7888: Call Specialists are available 24/7 to take reports of potential human trafficking. All reports are confidential and you may remain anonymous. Interpreters are available.
- Submit a tip online through the anonymous online reporting form.
NJ Human Trafficking Taskforce
The NJ Human Trafficking Taskforce is also available to take calls 24/7. If you are a victim of this form of abuse or you know someone whom you suspect of this, call the NJ Human Trafficking Hotline at 855.END.NJ.HT (855-363-6548). Visit their website for a wide array of resources.
Help Spread the Word
NHTRC resource library materials are available here.
Help reach victims and survivors of human trafficking in your community. Outreach flyers are available in multiple languages here.
Outreach Flyer in English / Spanish
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