Human trafficking involves a trafficker's use of threat, fraud or coercion to force an individual into committing commercial sex acts or to work against his or her will.
Human trafficking is often described as modern-day slavery and is as serious and common a problem in the United States as it is abroad. Traffickers use coercive tactics and false promises to lure vulnerable men and women into the sex trade or force them work against their will. Once captured, traffickers keep their victims under their control by withholding identification or immigration documents, illegally administering addictive drugs, threats and violence. At CVTC, we are committed to connecting survivors of trafficking to service providers who will help fulfill concrete needs like housing and education. When those immediate needs are met, CVTC is able to provide a healing space for survivors to process what has happened and to regain a sense of control.
What if this is happening to me now?
Survivors of human trafficking are protected under New York State Law. Reporting to the police does not mean you will be arrested, and in fact may make you eligible for state and city services.
If you are hurt and are able to escape, go to the hospital. At Mount Sinai West, Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Lenox Health Greenwich Village, you will be met with a trained SAFE examiner and a volunteer advocate who will provide expert care and help you learn about your immediate options.
If you are able, call 911. If you are in danger and able to do so, call 911. Tell them your location if you know it, or leave the phone on and hide it so that the call might be traced.
Call Safe Horizon's 24-hour hotline at 800 621-HOPE (4673). The confidential hotline will be able to connect you to emergency services like a shelter.
Call the National Trafficking Hotline at 888 373-7888 if you're outside of New York or need additional resources.
How can CVTC help?
At CVTC, you will face no judgement. We can connect you with concrete services to meet your immediate needs, including shelter. When you feel ready, CVTC can provide you with the safe space you need to begin the healing process. We can work with you individually to process what has happened, and offer support groups where you can connect with others who have been there, too.
If you're undocumented, that's okay. In addition to all of the trauma-focused services we provide, CVTC staff may be able to assist you with pursuing a change in your immigration status.