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Trafficking in persons is a crime in which foreign nationals are brought to the United States under false premises to work in abhorrent conditions with little or no compensation. Estimates suggest that as many as 50,000 victims are trafficked into the United States each year, but few actually are detected. Isolated and vulnerable, victims often are coerced and intimidated through physical detention and debt bondage, making it impossible for them to report the crimes. Unfamiliar with U.S. laws, culture, and language and relying on their traffickers' accounts, victims often do not realize that they can get help. Understanding the dynamics of trafficking, the available resources, and the rights of trafficking victims can help organizations identify victims and provide them with meaningful services. Trafficking in Persons: A Guide for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) discusses benefits and services for which victims may be eligible, tools that NGOs may use to assist victims in obtaining immigration relief, a nd federal resources that can help victims of trafficking. This brochure, developed by the U.S. Department of Justice in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Labor, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and a second brochure, Information for Victims of Trafficking in Persons and Forced Labor, are available on the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Web site at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ove/publications/infores/tip.htm. A copy of either brochure also is available from the OVC Resource Center at 800-627-6872.
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Publication:The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
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Date:Jan 1, 2003
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