Human trafficking: compelling a person into labor/commercial sex work through force, fraud or coercion, for economic gain of a trafficker.
Any minor in commercial sex work is a victim/survivor of human trafficking.
Exploitation: the abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust to profit monetarily, socially or politically from the labor or commercial sex work of another.
Commercial sexual exploitation of children is the use of a child for sexual purposes in exchange for cash or in-kind favors between a customer, intermediary or agent or others who profit from the trade in children for these purposes.
Sometimes the term sex trafficking is used instead of human trafficking. Sex trafficking is perpetrated when a third party benefits from the sale of a person for sex acts, through force, fraud, coercion, threats, and/or manipulation or when the person is a minor.
What are we doing locally to address human trafficking?
Penquis Sex Trafficking Action Response Team
START is a multidisciplinary team committed to ending sex trafficking and commercial exploitation and serving its victims throughout Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties, Maine. Their goal is to increase public awareness of the problem, build an effective response system, strengthen enforcement and prosecution of trafficking and sexual exploitation and ensure quality services for survivors.
Chair: Alex Turallo, Rape Response Services
Please contact Alex for more information or to join the team.