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Human Trafficking: a Crime and Human Rights Abuse

Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. Human trafficking is a crime and a human rights abuse that is a form of modern day slavery.  Specifically, human trafficking is the use of force, fraud or coercion to compel someone into labor servitude or commercial sexual exploitation. Every minor exploited for commercial sex is a victim of human trafficking, even without force, fraud, or coercion.

The Blue Campaign unites the work of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) components to combat human trafficking through a variety of efforts, such as enhanced public awareness, training, victim assistance, and law enforcement investigations.

Get Involved

Everyone has a role to play in combating human trafficking. The Blue Campaign created a variety of resources for its partners and stakeholders across government, law enforcement, first responders, prosecutors, judges, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to inform people of potential “red flags” or indicators of human trafficking.  We encourage you to get involved in combating human trafficking by taking a few simple steps:

Learn the indicators of human trafficking

Recognizing these signs of human trafficking is the first step to identifying a victim.

Take our human trafficking awareness trainings

To learn more about this crime and how to identify victims and report suspected cases of human trafficking.

Educate others about the indicators of human trafficking

Conduct your own 5 minute general awareness Coffee Break Training on human trafficking among coworkers, community members, or friends. Simply discuss the material on the one-page sheet to raise awareness of the issue, victim indicators and how to report the crime.

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Report suspected human trafficking

To report suspected human trafficking activity or get help from federal law enforcement (available 24/7, in over 300 languages and dialects):

  • Call1-866-347-2423 (toll-free)
  • Call 1-802-872-6199 (non-toll free international)
  • Report online at

Anonymous tips may be reported on the online form and may also be reported to ICE via the toll-free HSI Tip Line.

Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-3737-888 to get help or connect with a service provider in your area. The NHTRC is not a law enforcement or immigration authority and is operated by a nongovernmental organization.

For more information, please contact the Blue Campaign at

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