Specialized services for victims of human trafficking
What is Human Trafficking?
The use of force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will. Force, fraud, or coercion does not need to be present if the individual engaging in commercial sex is under 18 years of age.
The Tower provides voluntary services to identified victims of trafficking through its multidisciplinary professionals and community partners to achieve safety, recovery and restoration. Participation in the program is voluntary and requires consent, active participation and adherence to the established guidelines for the safety and well-being of all clients and staff.
Force includes physical restraint, physical harm, sexual assault, and beatings. Monitoring and confinement is often used to control victims, especially during early stages of victimization to break down the victim’s resistance.
Fraud includes false promises regarding employment, wages, working conditions, love, marriage, or better life. Over time, there may be unexpected changes in work conditions, compensation or debt agreements, or nature of relationship.
Coercion includes threats of serious harm to or physical restraint against any person, psychological manipulation, document confiscation, and shame and fear-inducing threats to share information or pictures with others or report to authorities.