The Human Trafficking Unit vigorously investigates and prosecutes those who, through such means as psychological and physical coercion, beatings, extortion, starvation, confinement, and compelled drug use, have forced individuals (often young girls and women) into prostitution and instances of labor trafficking, where individuals are being forced into domestic servitude, working as nannies/housekeepers and in restaurants often for little or no wages. The unit’s staff also engages in community outreach by conducting training at schools and community centers to educate Brooklyn residents on the dangers of human trafficking and on how to decipher warning signs that a person might be a trafficking victim. The office’s 24-hour telephone hotline number to report incidents of human trafficking is (718) 250-2770.

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