Human trafficking is a broad term that includes both labor and sex trafficking, domestically and internationally.
Sex trafficking, occurs in a variety of ways that often include not only violence and isolation, but fraud, coercion and intimidation. Traffickers maintain control through careful orchestration of these tactics, more so than brute force and strict confinement alone.
Report urgent or local trafficking
Emergency: Call 9-1-1
Leave an anonymous tip for Portland Police: www.crimestoppersoforegon.com
Leave a non-anonymous tip for Portland Police: Citizen's Report
Portland Police Sex Trafficking Unit Tip line: 503.255.0118
Concerned there may be child abuse or neglect?
Call DHS 24hr Child Abuse Hotline: 503.731.3100 or 800.509.5439
Witnessed sexual exploitation of children online?
Contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Cyber Tipline or 24hr hotline 1.800.843.5678
International trafficking information and resources
Under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, victims of human trafficking in the U.S. who are non-citizens may be eligible for a special visa and comprehensive benefits and services. Victims who are U.S. citizens are already eligible to receive many of these benefits. Victims under 18 who do not have legal resident or U.S. citizenship status may obtain benefits and services (food, medical, shelter) similar to those of U.S. citizens through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) program.
They may be eligible for the T-Visa, which allows victims of trafficking to remain in the U.S. and become eligible for work authorization. After three years, they may apply to adjust their status to Lawful Permanent Resident. As unaccompanied minors, the program also places them in culturally appropriate foster homes, group homes, or independent living arrangements appropriate to their developmental needs. Through the program, youth victims may receive intensive case management, education, health care, mental health counseling, independent living skills training, and many other services. The Unaccompanied Refugee Minors program also assists in family reunification and repatriation services, when appropriate for the victim. Children are eligible to remain in foster care until they turn 18 or a higher age, depending on the foster care rules of the state. National programs with local affiliates that assist unaccompanied minors include:
Federal, state, and local officials must notify DHHS within 24 hours of discovering a child who might be a foreign victim of trafficking: firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail) or 202-205-4582.
Additional national resources
If you think you have come in contact with an exploited youth or victim of human trafficking, call:
The Trafficking in Persons and Worker Exploitation Task Force 1 (888) 428-7581
National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1 (888) 3737-888
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1 (800) THE LOST