Trafficking Victims Protection Act

Human Trafficking as Defined by the Federal Law

  • 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
  • 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.

22 U.S.C. § 7102(8).

U.S. citizens and migrants alike should be aware of their rights and resources that are available to prevent exploitation or mistreatment in the workplace.

NYATN’s Publications page has free resources for advocates to assist victims and survivors under federal anti-trafficking law.  Here’s the text of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and subsequent amendments as well as information about the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act.  Here is additional information from the State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report.  There is also the report on global human trafficking estimates from the International Labour Organization (ILO), which was heavily praised by the U.S. State Department and U.S. Department of Labor.

Finally, here is the Health and Human Services Department’s resource guide for social service providers, Services Available to Victims of Human Trafficking.

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