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Introduction to Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery. It involves controlling a person through force, fraud, or coercion to exploit the victim for forced labor, sexual exploitation, or both.  Human trafficking is a crime under both California state law and Federal law.


California Law

The California Legislature recently defined human trafficking as:

A) sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or

B) the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

This definition follows the Federal definition of "severe forms of trafficking in persons."


Community Human Traffic Awareness Events

Center for Justice and Reconciliation, Abolish Human Trafficking Events page


Reporting Human Trafficking

In order to get help for yourself or someone else or to report activity that may be related to human trafficking:

Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center toll free hotline number 1-888-373-7888 OR
Text “Help” or “Info” to BeFree (233733)

US Department of Justice Hotline 1-888-428-7581

ICE Tip Hotline 1-866-347-2423



Make sure you are on a government website or working with a reputable attorney. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in immigration scams across the country. If you are working with someone, then you can protect yourself by asking questions and checking credentials. Also, make sure to deal only with official government agencies and websites, like those recommended in this guide.


The Wrong Help Can Hurt


A human trafficking victim shares story


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