Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the 21st century - a $32 billion industry.  Every year over 17,500 men, women and children are brought to the United States to work as slaves.  80% of those are women.  50% are minors.

What is Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is the recruiting, harboring, moving, or obtaining of a person by the use of force, fraud, or coercion, for the purposes of involuntary servitude, debt bondage, slavery, or the sex trade. Trafficked persons can be men, women, and children of varying ages and levels of education. Trafficked persons can be immigrants or American citizens.  People are trafficked for domestic service, commercial sexual exploitation, marriage, factory work, begging, agricultural labor, restaurant work, construction, janitorial work and other forms of informal labor.*

What we do

Since 2006, The Julian Center has been the service coordinator for victims of human trafficking in Indianapolis and surrounding counties.  We provide services in cooperation with Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc., Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and a network of  other service providers and law enforcement professionals.  In addition to providing advocacy services to trafficking victims, we are part of IPATH, a task force responsible for implementing procedures for the prosecution of traffickers, the protection of victims, and the prevention of trafficking in Indiana.  

Members of IPATH provide training and outreach, and are available to talk with groups and provide consultation.  IPATH also coordinates a network of service providers, law enforcement agencies, and other interested parties who want to be involved in anti-trafficking efforts in Indianapolis and around Indiana.

How we help

Our case managers advocate for victims, work for their safety, support them through the reporting process with law enforcement, and provide supportive and practical services.  Some of those services include:
  • Case management
  • Emergency housing
  • Legal services
  • Safety planning
  • Counseling
  • Immigration aide
  • Medical assistance
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Job training

Need help?

If you need help or believe you might have information about a trafficking situation, you should call the Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-800-928-6403.  If you are in danger or are involved in a trafficking emergency, you should call 911.

To download our Human Trafficking brochure, click here.

* For more information, see the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000.
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