Preble Street Anti-Trafficking Services paves the way toward to healing, growth, self-sufficiency, and a life free from coercion and exploitation.
Our national partners at Polaris show how human trafficking affects us in Maine and across the nation.
Jane came under the control of a trafficker while attending classes at a local university. Through physical and emotional abuse, she was forced for years to work long hours without pay in a hotel. Jane finally escaped when she was hospitalized for serious health problems and was referred to Preble Street. In addition to connecting her with health and dental care, they helped her recover important stolen documents, worked with her to secure a Protection from Abuse order against her trafficker and recoup lost wages. Jane is now stably housed and working with a mental health provider to recover from her trauma.
Since 2013, Preble Street and its partners have provided services to women and men, transgender individuals, and children who have been forced into all types of human trafficking. People who have been forced to perform a variety of different work—including prostitution, domestic services, agricultural and restaurant work—through sexual, physical and/or psychological violence. All here in Maine.
The Anti-Trafficking Services client-centered, empowerment philosophy provides access to services, support and information, helps survivors understand those services, and supports survivors. In addition to facilitating healing and growth, Anti-Trafficking Services promotes individual and systemic justice, working with clients to ensure they have choices, including access to the following services:
- Intensive Case Management
- Basic needs
- Mental health and substance use disorder counseling
- Shelter and housing referrals
- Access to public benefits and community resources
- Civil, criminal and immigration referrals
- Culturally sensitive services
- Advocacy through the criminal justice system
What is Trafficking?
Trafficking victims are:
- Laborers, many of them immigrants, with little to no pay or unsafe working conditions.
- Men, women, and children coerced into commercial sexual exploitation.
- The consequence of other failed systems, including foster care, child protection, immigration, and labor standards.
- An old crime that is finally being addressed by social services, legal services, and law enforcement.
- A crime difficult to prosecute because victims don’t always realize they’ve experienced a crime and may avoid police for fear of prosecution or deportation.
Learn more about trafficking in Maine in this video series, featuring Preble Street staff and created by The Maine Sex Trafficking and Exploitation Network, a Preble Street Anti-Trafficking Services collaborative partner.