Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is also known as modern day slavery.

Human traffickers utilize force, fraud, or coercion to exploit the labor, services, or commercial sex acts of their victims. The $150 billion dollar industry occurs around the world and affects individuals across every socio-economic background, age-range, gender, and ethnicity.

Addressing human trafficking, from advocating for survivors to holding traffickers accountable, is complex and requires a comprehensive and collaborative approach. Fortunately for Hoosiers, the state of Indiana is dedicated, on multiple levels, to centering survivors and transforming cycles of violence.     

ICESAHT co-chairs and provides the administrative support to the Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans Task Force (IPATH).

The task force was formed in 2004 after the U.S. Justice Department reported that Indiana was at high risk for human trafficking because of its specific location as a state with a number of intersecting national highways: the “crossroads of America.”

The 150-member IPATH Taskforce is made up of individuals from federal, state, and local agencies and includes subcommittees and work groups that use a survivor-centered approach to more effectively prevent, detect, and prosecute human trafficking in Indiana and to empower and support survivors. Membership includes law enforcement, advocacy groups, service providers, worker organizers, and community leaders.  

ICESAHT and the IPATH Taskforce provide year-round training opportunities and technical assistance for IPATH Taskforce members and partner agencies.

If they are in immediate danger, call 911.

National Human Trafficking Hotline

Call: 888-373-7888
Text: BeFree (233733) (Text “HELP” or “INFO”)

Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline (Minor victim)

Call: 1-800-800-5556
Use the term “human trafficking” when reporting.

Human Trafficking Law Enforcement Guide

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