WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
Recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing for obtaining a person for labor or other services through force, promises and coercion is human trafficking. This crime often begins with the promise of a high paying job, housing and a better life. Instead, people are subjected to physical assaults, bondage, slavery, prostitution and starvation., Further, victims are often forced to perform various sexual acts on demand and are forced to work in inhumane conditions for hours on end.
HELP FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS
Victims of human trafficking receive protections under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Under this law victims and their families may apply for temporary T-VISAs through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Eligibility requirements include the victim’s willingness to cooperate with law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute perpetrators along with the victim demonstrating extreme hardship should he or she be returned to a nation of origin. Once a victim receives certification, he or she may apply for U.S. residency following a three-year waiting period. Victims may also receive medical attention, crisis counseling and intervention services, short-term shelter or housing assistance, translation services and pro-bono or low cost legal services that include help in filing for a T-VISA certification.
Resources for human trafficking victims
New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety
The Polaris Project (888) 373-7888
National Human Trafficking Resource Center
Camden Center for Law & Social Justice
126 Broadway, Camden NJ, 856-583-2950