Human Trafficking: A hidden crisis for youth in Orange County
It may come as a surprise, but human trafficking is prevalent across New York State, including right in our own backyard here in Orange County. What’s even more concerning is that youth under the age of 18 are among those at greatest risk.
What is human trafficking?
Simply put, human trafficking is nothing less than a form of modern day slavery. Its victims are forced,
coerced, defrauded and exploited for sexual purposes, compelled to live in domestic servitude or perform sweatshop or migrant labor.
The numbers don’t lie
• Human Trafficking is the 3rd largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world, with nearly
21 million victims being identified1
• Between 2007 and 2012, New York was one of four states generating the greatest number of potential
reports of human trafficking2
• In 77% of all human trafficking cases, the perpetrators are family members, friends or other people the
• The average age of initial victimization is 13 years old4
Orange County Safe Harbor: Eliminating Exploitation, Empowering Our Youth
The Orange County Safe Harbor Initiative is a collaboration of the region’s most effective service providers, developed to raise awareness as well as provide resources and assistance for victims and survivors of human trafficking.
For local resources, services and support CLICK HERE.
1As reported by the Internal Labour Organization - http://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/news/WCMS_182109/lang--en/index.htm
2As reported by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center - https://traffickingresourcecenter.org/state/new-york
3As reported by the Covenant House Trafficking Study May 2013 - https://d28whvbyjonrpc.cloudfront.net/s3fs-public/attachments/Covenant-House-trafficking-study.pdf
4As reported by Office of Children & Family Services of New York - http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/humantraffic/