NYC Is Major Human Trafficking Hub

Thousands of people are trafficked into the United States every year. They are often hidden from view, working in the sex trade, as domestic workers or as migrant farm help. Victims are trapped working for little or no pay and they often don't have the language skills to seek help. Large international trafficking networks reap huge profits from this modern-day form of slavery. With its diverse and dense neighborhoods, New York City is a major trafficking hub. And local police and social workers recently have joined forces to help find the victims. WNYC's Morning Edition takes a closer look at the issue in a two-part series starting on Tuesday, July 6 th.

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The following is a links list of New York City organizations involved in the local anti-trafficking efforts:

ECPAT-USA. The group's name stands for End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes-USA. It is the U.S. affiliate of Thailand-based ECPAT International, fighting to stop this growing form of child abuse.

The International Organization for Adolescents, or IOFA, is committed to advancing the health and well-being of adolescents throughout the world.

Safe Horizon is a nonprofit victim assistance, advocacy, and violence prevention organization with more than 80 programs throughout New York 's five boroughs.

Covenant House provides shelter and service to runaway and homeless youths. It also operates a national hotline for trafficking victims.

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities.

For more information about Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 go to the site of the department of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The New York City Community Response to Trafficking (CRT) is a trafficking awareness project aimed at developing a collaborative response to the problem of human trafficking by community based organizations and criminal justice agencies, including local police and prosecutors and federal agents and prosecutors, in New York City.