Vermont Human Trafficking Task Force -

Welcome to, the official website of the Vermont Human Trafficking Task Force.

Bienvenido a, el sitio web oficial de la Vermont Iniciativa de Lucha contra la trafico humano.

Bienvenue à, le site officiel de l'Initiative du Vermont contre le trafic humain. ، في الموقع الرسمي للمبادرة فيرمونت مكافحة الاتجار بالبشر.

Karibu, tovuti rasmi ya Mpango wa Vermont dhidi ya biashara ya binadamu.

For help right away, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline:

What is human trafficking?

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery in which a person is compelled, through force, fraud, or coercion to engage in a commercial sex act or is subjected to labor servitude. The number of human beings estimated to be enslaved today has reached over 27 million worldwide, the highest in recorded history. Vermont and all of its bordering states have seen elements of human trafficking, and Vermont’s geographical location bordering Canada makes it susceptible to human trafficking activity.

What is the Vermont Human Trafficking Task Force?

In 2010, Vermont established a Human Trafficking Task Force. With the help of national organizations dedicated to combating human trafficking, Vermont is striving to protect its citizens and persons everywhere from the dangers and tragic consequences of this crime.

On July 1, 2011, Vermont passed its first anti-trafficking legislation, Act 55: An Act Relating to Human Trafficking (H. 153).

CLICK HERE to read the complete text of Act 55 as it is enacted.

The Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services has been designated by the Vermont Legislature to lead this anti-trafficking initiative. We are creating a statewide Task Force to establish a service protocol to identify, rescue and protect trafficking victims, including offering them a wide array of legal and other services.

The following information is excerpted from materials developed by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

How do I identify a victim of human trafficking?

Victims of human trafficking may look like many of the people you encounter every day. Look for the following clues:

  • Evidence of being controlled
  • Evidence of inability to move from place to place
  • Evidence of inability to leave job
  • Bruises or other signs of physical abuse
  • Fear or depression
  • Not speaking on own behalf
  • Non-English speaking
  • No passport or other forms of identification or documentation

Some questions you can ask to determine if the person is a victim of human trafficking:

What type of work do you do?

Are you being paid?

Can you leave your job if you want to?

Can you come and go as you please?

Have you or your family been threatened?

What are your working and living conditions like?

Where do you sleep and eat?

Do you have to ask permission to eat/sleep/go to the bathroom?

Are there locks on your doors and windows so you cannot get out?

Has your identification or documentation been taken away?


If you think you have encountered a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-3737-888

For more information about this initiative in Vermont, contact one of the following with the state of Vermont:

Cindy Maguire
Heather Ross
(802) 951-6725



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