Though sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation don't often make the headlines in Maine, we know it’s a growing issue in our community.
Sex trafficking and exploitation is when a third party benefits from someone else selling sex acts, through force, fraud, coercion, threats, and/or manipulation. We know that victims often have a history of victimization, they are at great risk for future sexual violence, and have little to no say in many aspects of their life.
Maine’s law enforcement and direct service communities have done significant work to try to address this concern in recent years. Legislative work groups have convened through the Office of the Attorney General to study the issue in 2006 and again in 2009. Maine participated for two years in the New England Coalition Against Trafficking (through the Justice Research Institute in Boston by the Office on Violence Against Women). Through that effort, state grantees conducted training on human trafficking for over 500 law enforcement officers and direct service providers. Large-scale public awareness events such as the Not Here conference have been instituted. And local multidisciplinary teams, such as the Greater Portland Coalition Against Sex Trafficking and Exploitation have been developed in order to develop a Maine-based response to the issue.
This webpage is intended to be a central source of information and resources about these trafficking awareness and response efforts in Maine. It is a project of the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault, with support from the Maine Women’s Fund.
If you need support or would like to report a tip, please contact:
Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line:
1-800-871-7741, TTY 1-888-458-5599
The Maine Domestic Violence Statewide Helpline:
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center:
If you would like to contact the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault, please call 207-626-0034 or email here.