Local Data & Resources
Statistics of sex trafficking in Maine:
uncovering an alarming epidemic
Realizing that human trafficking is here in Maine is almost unbelievable, but it is true. Human trafficking does exist in Maine. We know that calls to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline originating from Maine have increased by more than 50% in recent years. (NHTRC, 2012) which could indicate that there are more cases of trafficking, that more people are accessing help or both. In any of those instances, we know that trafficking is happening and that survivors of trafficking, along with their loved ones, can benefit from help and resources designed specifically to meet their needs.
Between 2007 and 2015, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline received over 240 calls from Maine, and identified at least 41 cases where trafficking was likely perpetrated.
You might think these cases only occur in cities and places where the poorest and most desperate sections of society exist, but the truth is it is happening everywhere. Providers from every area of Maine report serving victims of sexual exploitation, and the numbers are expected to continue to rise.
The following sites offer more detailed information about sex trafficking in Maine:
MECASA (MAINE COALITION AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT)
The Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MECASA) is organized to put an end to sexual violence in Maine, and to ensure that there will be ongoing support and services for victims and survivors.
MAINE STATEWIDE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HELPLINE
The statewide Domestic Violence Helpline connects callers with advocates at domestic violence resource centers and provides information, crisis counseling, emotional support and advocacy.
MAINE SEX TRAFFICKING & EXPLOITATION NETWORK
A program of the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Not Here Justice in Action Network (NHJAN) is a grassroots effort to facilitate collaboration with key members of society to address the threats of human trafficking and exploitation, child abuse, sexual violence and gender inequality. They are especially concerned about the impact on vulnerable children globally and domestically.
The Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Human Trafficking Task Force (HTTF) is a collaboration of municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies in the state of Maine, working in conjunction with social service organizations to identify, assist and protect the dignity and rights of the victims of human trafficking.