Policy and Procedure

Trafficking in Persons Information and Policy

What is Trafficking?

Per the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, "Trafficking in persons" shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons using the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude, or the removal of organs. The consent of a victim of trafficking in persons to the intended exploitation set forth [above] shall be irrelevant where any of the means set forth [above] have been used."

Trafficking includes the:

  1. Procurement of a commercial sex act;
  2. Use of forced labor,
  3. Acts that directly support or advance trafficking in persons, including the following acts:
  • • Destroying, concealing, confiscating, or otherwise denying an employee access to that employee's identity or immigration documents;
  • • Failing to provide return transportation or pay for return transportation costs to an employee from a country outside of the country from which the employee was recruited upon the end of employment if requested by the employee unless exempted from the requirement to provide or pay for such return transportation by legal authority; or if the employee is a victim of human trafficking seeking victim services or legal redress in the country of employment or a witness in a human trafficking enforcement action;
  • • Soliciting a person for employment or offering employment using materially false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises regarding that employment.
  • • Charging employees recruitment fees; or
  • • Providing or arranging housing that fails to meet the country's performance housing and safety standards.

Trafficking in Persons Policy

No person employed by this organization shall engage in any form of trafficking in persons as defined above, procuring commercial sex acts, destroy, conceal, confiscate, or otherwise deny an individual access to their identity or immigration documents, use misleading or fraudulent practices during the recruitment of employees, including charging recruitment fees.

How to Report Potential Trafficking Violations

Trafficking victims or witnesses can contact the Global Human Trafficking Hotline 24 hours a day at:

  • • Phone: 1.844.888.FREE or BD 999
  • • E-mail: help@befree.org