Victims of human trafficking, men, woman and children, can be exploited for the purpose of commercial sexual activity including prostitution and pornography, as well as many types of forced labor such as domestic servitude and migrant agricultural work. Traffickers lure their victims through the use of force, fraud and coercion, and employ techniques such as physical and psychological abuse, false employment offers, document holding, and isolation (NJ Human Trafficking Task Force). According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, there are approximately 14,500-17,500 number of people trafficked in the U.S each year. 50% of those trafficked are children. 46% of those trafficked engage in prostitution.

In 2014, SAFE in Hunterdon partnered with New Jersey’s two human trafficking agencies, Polaris and Dream Catchers, to collaboratively provide integrated services to victims and survivors of human trafficking. SAFE in Hunterdon services victims of both labor trafficking and sex trafficking. SAFE in Hunterdon’s programs include residential programs, safety planning, advocacy, individual and group counseling, as well as creative arts therapies for adults and emancipated minors.

SAFE in Hunterdon staff and volunteers have undergone intensive training provided by Polaris and Dream Catchers to best serve human trafficking. This partnership allows for faster shelter placement when a human trafficking victim is in imminent danger through the use of a proprietary computer software developed specifically to place human trafficking victims in safe houses.

Dream Catchers, New Jersey’s first mobile human trafficking agency, provides the additional intensive case management for SAFE in Hunterdon’s human trafficking victims in our residential program, as well as for our non-residential human trafficking clients.

If you wish to report a potential human trafficking situation, please contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 or file an online tip report at: If the person is in imminent danger please call 911.