If you notice someone who you think may be in trouble, please do not approach them yourself. Instead, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-843-5678

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trafficking victims protection act of 2000

Human trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, labor or services, in which the act, labor or service 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.

The TVPA was reauthorized in 2008 and currently stands as the federal definition of human trafficking. Key words or phrases in this definition are "commercial sex, labor or services", meaning that human trafficking comes in two forms: sex trafficking and labor trafficking. Other key words are "force, fraud, or coercion", as these are used to determined whether or not a person is a victim of human trafficking and finally, the phrase "in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age." This phrase means that if someone is under 18 years old, he or she is NOT criminal/prostitute/sex worker/stripper, etc. He or she is a victim of human trafficking and the law does not require proof of force, fraud, or coercion in order for the person to be treated as a victim.