Myths & Facts
There are many myths and misconceptions that people may have about human trafficking and exploitation. It's not like movies and tv and not just in big cities.
Realities of Human Trafficking
Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some form of labor or commercial sex act.
Often people equate being trafficked with being smuggled, kidnapped, or otherwise taken and held against their will. Human trafficking isn't always the way it seems in the movies.
Learn more about the realities behind many myths and misconceptions of human trafficking below.
Learn more about human trafficking and exploitation.
It's not always just in big cities, immigrants, or kidnappings. Exploitation can and does happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality - even if you've never left your home town.
How to report a tip or get help
24hr Support Helpline
Call our REACH Center helpline anytime, 24 hours a day at 518.943.4482. Trained staff provide crisis counseling and support services.
Homeland Security Investigations Tip Line
The HSI Tip Line is available 24/7 to submit anonymous tips for suspected human trafficking.
National Human Trafficking Hotline
Call 1.888.373.7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733) to report suspected human trafficking to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.