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Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide including right here in the United States. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office works in conjunction with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies as well as The Western New York Human Trafficking Task Force to investigate incidents of human trafficking. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office has developed a toll free number and email for the public to ask questions, report tips or voice concerns in regards to human trafficking.
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