Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery, and sex trafficking is a growing problem in Maine. Family Crisis Services is part of a community effort to address sex trafficking and exploitation, which can be closely linked to domestic violence. Sex trafficking and exploitation occurs when a third party benefits from the sale of a person for sex acts, through force, fraud, coercion, threats, and/or manipulation. Victims often have a history of victimization, they are at great risk for future sexual violence, and have little to no say in many aspects of their life. It is a crime under international, federal, and Maine state laws.
Family Crisis Services is a member of the Greater Portland Coalition against Sex Trafficking and Exploitation. We partner with several local agencies to provide:
- Support services to victims of trafficking.
- Training to organizations and community groups.
- Advocates to facilitate groups at Maine Correctional Center for women who have been trafficked or exploited. Our hotline is for anyone with concerns about trafficking: teen and adult victims, potential victims, community members, law enforcement, service providers, hospitals, churches, businesses, and others.
We can Help. Call our Free 24.7 Confidential Hotline. 1.800.537.6066.
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center
1.888.373.7888 or text INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733)