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ACS is committed to identifying and helping sex and labor trafficked children and youth achieve safety and obtain resources to help them heal and thrive. ACS’ Office of Child Trafficking Prevention & Policy (OCTPP) works with involved stakeholders to provide services to prevent trafficking and meet the needs of at-risk youth and trafficking survivors through funding from ACS and the NYS Office of Family and Children's Services' Safe Harbour Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is human trafficking?

Human Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of people through force, fraud or coercion, with the aim of exploiting them for profit.

What is the difference between child sex trafficking and adult sex trafficking and adult sex work?

Child sex trafficking does not require an element of force or fraud or coercion. It involves a commercial sex act, where something of value – money, food, clothing, drugs, shelter, protection, or other consideration – is provided in exchange for a sex act OR Child Sexual Abuse Materials (CSAM – photos or videos of child sexual abuse), exotic dancing , escort services, private sex parties, working in an adult book/video store, online sexual interactions. Child sex trafficking is known as the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC).

Adult sex trafficking involves a person over the age of 18 who experiences force, fraud or coercion.

Adult sex work involves a person over the age of 18 who does NOT experience force, fraud or coercion.

What are the types of trafficking?

The three types of Human Trafficking are Sex, Labor and Organ Trafficking.

Sex Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act. Note: For children under the age of 18, the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) comprises sexual abuse and remuneration in money, goods, or services - or the promise of money, goods, or services to the child or a third person or persons for the sexual abuse of a child, who is treated as a commercial sex object. Force, fraud or coercion is not required for a child under the age of 18.

Labor Trafficking refers to a crime where a person compels or induces another person to engage in labor, or recruits, entices, harbors, or transports such other person by means of intentionally: (1) providing the victim with certain drugs;13 (2) requiring servicing of a debt that is caused by a course of conduct, with intent to defraud such a person; (3) withholding or destroying government identification documents; (4) using force or engaging in any scheme, plan, or pattern to compel or induce such person to engage in labor activity by making that person fearful.

Organ Trafficking is the recruitment, transport, transfer, harboring or receipt of living or deceased persons or their organs by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability, or of the giving to, or the receiving by, a third party of payments or benefits to achieve the transfer of control over the potential donor, for the purpose of exploitation by the removal of organs for transplantation.

What are the red flags that can help me identify sex trafficking?

What do I do if I suspect a child is being sex trafficked?

If you believe the person is in immediate danger, call 911.

National Human Trafficking Hotline 888-373-7888 Text line: 233733

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (if a child is trafficked and missing from home or a program) 800-THE-LOST (843-5678) CyberTipline: www.missingkids.com

New York State Justice Center (if you believe that a youth is being abused/neglected while placed in residential care) 855-373-2122

The Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (if suspected trafficker is a parent or person legally responsible for the child) 800-342-3720

If you are from NYC Administration for Children's Services (ACS), Foster Care, Preventive Services or Detention Services, also notify the ACS Child Trafficking Mailbox at: Child.trafficking@acs.nyc.gov

What do I do if I suspect a child is being labor trafficked?

New York State Department of Labor Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs, via phone at 877-466-9757, or email at trafficking@labor.ny.gov for further guidance and information.

If you are from NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), Foster Care, Preventive Services or Detention Services, always notify the ACS Child Trafficking Mailbox at: Child.trafficking@acs.nyc.gov

About the ACS Office of Child Trafficking Prevention & Policy (OCTPP):

The Office of Child Trafficking Prevention & Policy (OCTPP) primarily works with ACS and provider agency professionals who help trafficked and at-risk youth. OCTPP provides direct services to youth through training, groupwork, individual anti-trafficking counseling and through its Credible Messenger Program. OCTPP raises awareness of trafficking and identifies services to help survivors, at-risk youth, and their families. OCTPP administrates the NYC Safe Harbour Program, which provides guidance for all trafficked NYC youth, both internally and externally to the NYC child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

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If you are a youth currently receiving any type of child welfare services from ACS, in foster care, or receiving preventive or juvenile justice services, you may be eligible for free tattoo removal. To find out more, ask your ACS worker or agency case planner to contact child.tattoo.removal@acs.nyc.gov for further information.

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