Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery, involving victims who are forced, defrauded or coerced into labor or sexual exploitation.
What is Human Trafficking?
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.
The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act, in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which a person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age.
Who is Trafficked?
Anyone can be trafficked. A person may be an immigrant or an American citizen, elderly or young, male or female, adult or child. Trafficking can occur in a variety of situations, such as:
- Live-in housekeepers and nannies
- Migrant agricultural work
- Strip/Dance clubs
- Prostitution in brothels or massage parlors
- Signs of assault?
- Access to identification papers
- Paid little or nothing? Have minimal pocket money
- Confused about where they live/work or when they
entered the U.S.?
- Prevented from seeking medical care?
- Limited contact with people outside immediate
- Home or workplace heavily secured, including
barred windows, locked doors, at an isolated location?
- Live at same premises as work site?
- Under constant surveillance?
- Afraid for their lives, lives of their children, or their
- Afraid to eat, sleep, or move about without permission?
- Afraid of imprisonment or deportation if they speak
to someone about living or working conditions?
- Do they owe debt to their employer?
International Services Center is part of the Heartland Human Care Service’s Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium (NTAC), a selected group of experienced and comprehensive service organizations. NTAC provides and coordinates direct, comprehensive, trauma-informed services to adult and child survivors of human trafficking across 14 states and Puerto Rico. In addition, NTAC provides training and technical assistance to other agencies to help ensure that survivors of human trafficking have access to high-quality services across the entire geographic region.
NTAC enhances anti-trafficking efforts by leveraging knowledge and experience, sharing strengths and, utilizing common protocols, and assisting other service providers in designing and implementing high quality programs tailored to the unique needs of trafficking survivors. In cooperation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Northern District of Ohio and federal and local law enforcement, this program was established to provide help to these victims. The aims of this program are:
- to provide comprehensive services to trafficking victims
- to build effective community service networks to respond to victims’ needs
- to provide training to service providers and the public
Our Human Trafficking Program at ISC is aimed at assisting foreign born victims of trafficking. Foreign survivors of human trafficking may qualify for special legal protections, including the right to stay in
the United States. Legally, survivors may qualify for other benefits and services, and we can help.
AT ISC WE CAN HELP foreign born victims of trafficking
- Find safe, affordable housing
- Access primary health care and mental health services
- Obtain job training and job placement services
- Learn English
- Obtain referrals for other social services
WE CAN ALSO HELP:
- Apply for legal status in the United States
- Apply for certifications to receive public assistance, such as
- Health insurance
- Food assistance
- Cash assistance
If you have any questions about NTAC, please feel free to contact:
Marie Velez, Anti-Trafficking Program Coordinator, at 216-781-4560 ext.1009