Human Trafficking

Through human trafficking, people profit from the control and exploitation of others. Human trafficking exists on principles of supply and demand, and is induced through fraud, force, or coercion of individuals into forced labor or commercial sex.

Under U.S. federal law, "severe forms of trafficking in persons" includes both sex trafficking and labor trafficking:

Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining 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. (22 USC 7102; 8 CFR 214.11(a))

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. (22 USC 7102)

Local Resources

Abolition Ohio
A partner in the Campaign to Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

Be Free Dayton
425 N. Findlay St Suite 116 Dayton, OH 45403
Phone: 1-530-378-4771
Be Free Dayton aims to abolish and prevent sex trafficking through education, outreach, demand reduction and research.

National Resources

Polaris Project >>
Polaris systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks by utilizing a comprehensive model that puts victims – helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and leveraging data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate.

The Office on Trafficking in Persons, through the Administration for Children and Families, is committed to preventing human trafficking and ensuring that victims of all forms of human trafficking have access to the services they need.


Women's Center

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