Trafficking in persons includes:
- Labor Trafficking — Individuals are compelled to work or provide services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion
- Sex Trafficking — Individuals are compelled to engage in commercial sex through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. When a person under 18 years old is induced to perform a commercial sex act, it is a crime regardless of whether there is any force, fraud, or coercion.
*Youth experiencing homeless are especially vulnerable to trafficking.
If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking and is in immediate danger, call 911 first. If you or the other individual is not in imminent danger, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
- Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
- Text: INFO or HELP to BeFree (2333733)
- Responding to Youth Homelessness: A Key Strategy for Preventing Human Trafficking
- Virginia Department of Education: Human Trafficking Information
- Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services: Human Trafficking
- Office on Human Trafficking (an office of the Administration for Children and Families)
- U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Human Trafficking Questions and Answers
- Polaris Project
- Courtney's House