Washington State Clearinghouse on Human Trafficking
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Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against their will.
Labor trafficking has been found in diverse labor settings, including domestic work, small businesses, large farms and factories.
Sex trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues within the sex industry, including residential brothels, escort services, fake massage businesses, strip clubs and street prostitution.
Human trafficking is illegal under both state and federal law. The Washington State Clearinghouse on Human Trafficking was created by the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy at the request of the state Legislature in 2016 (RCW7.68.370). The Clearinghouse provides information on statewide efforts to combat trafficking, news and updates regarding trafficking, and resources for victims and survivors.
Resources for Victims and Survivors
Victims are controlled physically, emotionally and financially. Escape is difficult because victims of human trafficking are often invisible. They may be afraid to approach authorities because they fear threats of harm against their families or deportation if they are not U.S. citizens. They may have no idea how to get help.
Learn more about resources available for victims and survivors.
Statewide Reports on Human Trafficking
Learn more about statewide reports related to human trafficking.
Statewide Task Forces on Human Trafficking
The Washington State Legislature has long been committed to increasing access to support services and promoting awareness of trafficking throughout the state. In 2002, Washington was the first state to create an anti-trafficking task force.
Learn more about current task forces and committees working on human trafficking.
Warning Signs of Human Trafficking
Some questions to ask:
1. Is this person experiencing violence, deception or threats which will make it difficult or impossible to leave the work situation?
2. Does this person owe a debt which makes it difficult or impossible to leave a work situation?
3. Is this person a minor who was induced to engage in commercial sex?
Learn more about the warning signs of human trafficking.
What is Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children?
Anyone under the age 18 who is induced to engage in commercial sex is a trafficking victim, according to federal law. This form of trafficking is called Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). CSEC occurs when a child or third party is offered or given money, goods or services for the sexual use of the child.
Learn more about CSEC, including the warning signs.
Resources for Service Providers
The Office of Crime Victims Advocacy has developed and compiled a number of resources to help service providers recognize the signs of trafficking with the clients they serve, and how to know what steps to take to assist victims and survivors.
Learn more about available resources.
News and Updates
New Training for Attorneys: Employees Behaving Badly (web)
Victory Over Labor Trafficking in Florida (web)
2017 Global Estimates of Slavery (web)
110 arrested in Bellevue prostitution sting (web)
NY Times editorial on Backpage (web)
New report examines US laws on mandatory reporting (web)
Canadian trafficking survivors form policy group (web)
Business leaders pledge to end labor trafficking (web)
Human Trafficking and Child Welfare: A Guide for Child Welfare Agencies
Human Trafficking and Child Welfare: A Guide for Caseworkers
New- Trafficking in Persons Report 2017
State Takes Aim At Human Trafficking
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (web)
SOAR-Stop. Observe. Ask. Respond to Human Trafficking: A Training for Health Care and Social Service Providers (web)
Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (web)
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (web)
Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (web)
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (web)
Washington Coalition of Crime Victims Advocates (web)
HEAL Trafficking - Health, Education,
Advocacy, Linkage (web)