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Human trafficking: Creating Awareness

The purpose of this research guide is to raise awareness of human trafficking, support research on the topic and disseminate information.

General Information

If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline

Call 1-888-373-7888
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Human trafficking is "the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs." (United Nations definition)