Human Trafficking Working Group
The Municipality and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development joined together in 2015 to create a Human Trafficking Working Group. The goals of the working group are to increase awareness of human trafficking in Alaska and decrease the incidence of this crime. Our effort links local, state and federal resources, and brings government and service providers together in a common cause. We are continuing the work initiated in 2012 by the Alaska Task Force on the Crimes of Human Trafficking. Click here for that report.
Human Trafficking Awareness Sign required for posting by AO 2016-115(S)
Human trafficking can be difficult to recognize. Human trafficking victims may be forced to work as prostitutes, home healthcare providers, construction workers, in restaurants and bars, in the canning and fisheries industry, in cleaning and janitorial jobs, in nail salons, or in other roles. Human trafficking is a complex and often misunderstood issue.
National Human Trafficking Resource Center
Human trafficking victims are often kept out of sight and are afraid to reach out for help. The following may be signs that someone may be a victim of trafficking:
- Workers who have had their ID, passport, or documents taken away
- Workers who show signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture
- Workers who show signs of emotional abuse
- Workers who are being threatened by or are in debt to their boss
- Workers who are under 18 and are involved in the commercial sex industry
- Workers who are not free to leave or come and go from their place of work as they wish
- Workers who don't seem to be receiving payment
If you are a victim of human trafficking or would like to report a tip regarding suspected human trafficking, call 911 in an emergency. If you would like more information about human trafficking or would like to learn about how you can help, call the toll-free National Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text “BeFree” (233733).
To contact the Anchorage Police Department non-emergent line call (907) 786-8900. The Anchorage chapter of the FBI can be reached at (907) 276-4441. To recover lost wages the Alaska Department of Labor can be contacted at (907) 269-4909.
NHTRC Hotline Flyer
The NHTRC has created a hotline outreach flyer available for download in 20 different languages. Download individual flyers by clicking your desired language below.