Human Trafficking in Maine

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. In support of women and girls everywhere, we kicked off our 2015 Annual Lecture Series, which will feature Ruchira Gupta - Founder and President of Apne Aap. Apne Aap works to increase choices for at-risk girls and women in India to ensure they have access to their rights, and to deter the purchase of sex through policy and social change.

Human trafficking is also in Maine. Since January of 2014, Preble Street Anti-Trafficking Coalition has worked with 46 victims of Human Trafficking (1 labor trafficking victim and 45 sex trafficking victims) in Cumberland and York Counties alone.

All were women or girls.

Lisa Marchese, Krishna Patel and Dee Clark were keynote speakers during an intimate gathering of JFW friends and supporters who heard about the harsh reality of human trafficking in Maine and throughout the country.

Maine law will have no tolerance for human trafficking.
— Lisa Marchese
Pimps are finding girls all over America.
— Krisha Patel
Little girls need good friends.
— Dee Clark

To read Ms. Marchese's remarks made during our kick-off event, which includes a chronology of anti-trafficking legislation and future plans, click here.

Download our comprehensive list of books, movie and organizations that are working to free women and girls from human trafficking in Maine and beyond.

 

 

 

Kick-Off Event Speakers

Lisa Marchese - Deputy Attorney General and Chief of the Criminal Division of the Maine Attorney General’s Office

Lisa Marchese - Deputy Attorney General and Chief of the Criminal Division of the Maine Attorney General’s Office

Krishna Patel - Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut

Krishna Patel - Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut

dee Clarke - Maine sex trafficking survivor and consultant to the Preble Street Anti-Trafficking Coalition

dee Clarke - Maine sex trafficking survivor and consultant to the Preble Street Anti-Trafficking Coalition