Initiative focuses on those in grip of trafficking, hidden in plain sight

Preble Street is striving to raise awareness of sexual and labor exploitation and help survivors reclaim their lives. Myriad obstacles stand in the way of well-being and independence for the people Preble Street serves. But for few are the barriers as brutal as for the survivors of human trafficking with whom Preble Street Anti-Trafficking Services works. … Read more

Preble Street Helps Identify Crime of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is not a new crime, but it has recently prompted heightened attention and action among social services, legal services, law enforcement, and the general public. Human trafficking victims/survivors are forced or coerced — through sexual, physical, psychological violence, and/or torture — to perform a variety of labor including sex work, domestic services, childcare, … Read more

Hundreds gather to discuss problem of human trafficking in Maine

Hundreds attended the Health Care Response to Human Trafficking conference, put on by Preble Street Anti-Trafficking Services and community partners. “We’re here to really raise awareness and to build connection between the health services field and anti-trafficking efforts across the state,” said Fiona Mason, Chief Program Officer for Preble Street. “So we’re really trying to … Read more

Advocates push for law to vacate convictions of human-trafficking victims

Survivors of human trafficking rallied Thursday in Augusta to increase public awareness about forced laborers or sex workers in Maine and to advocate for a bill allowing trafficking victims to have criminal convictions vacated. They were joined by representatives from Maine nonprofit organizations including Preble Street Anti-Trafficking Services. Read more…

Maine Voices: Those trapped by human traffickers can benefit from Preble Street program

A recently published article (“Trafficking victims turn to hotline with pleas for help,” Oct. 1) spoke to the horrors of human trafficking and the important efforts of the National Human Trafficking Hotline in reaching survivors. The highest volume of calls coming through the hotline originate from big cities, but trafficking can and does happen everywhere, to women … Read more