Safe Harbour

NYS Safe Harbour Act is implemented to strengthen our existing system to create a more effective and efficient response to youth who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation or trafficking, or who are vulnerable to it. 

Child Exploitation is defined as the act of using a child (age 0-18) for profit, labor, sexual gratification where an adult gains personal or financial advantages.

Red Flags for Sex Trafficking:

  • Unexplained absences from school for a period of time
  • Inappropriately dressed for age and/or weather
  • Engaged in sexual situations or behaviors beyond age-specific norms
  • Has a noticeably older significant other 
  • Expensive gifts, clothing, having more than one cell phone
  • Chronic running away from home or foster system
  • Homeless, couch surfing
  • Survivors of prior abuse
  • In a controlling relationship
  • Branded/ tattoos/ markings
  • Substance Abuse
  • Mental Health
  • Malnutrition, dehydrated, exhausted 

Red Flags for Labor Trafficking:

  • Unexplained absences from school for a period of time
  • Child may not be biological child of “parent” in a home-are they “working for aunt or uncle”
  • Child responsible for child care, elder care, or cleaning-may be often hidden as “chores”
  • Mental Health
  • Third-party control of schedule and social interactions
  • Inability to speak English
  • Identification documents in the hands of a third party
  • Lack of knowledge about the community
  • Malnutrition, dehydrated, exhausted 
  • Works excessively long or unusual hours
  • Living in dangerous, overcrowded or inhumane conditions
  • Fear of authorities
  • Feel pressure to repay debts

Resources:

This program is funded by NYS OCFS and Wyoming County.

  1. Leah Cappadonia

    Youth Program Coordinator
    Phone: 585-786-8850

  2. Wyoming County Confidential Tip Line

    Phone: 585-786-8965
    Please Note: All tips will be responded to by the next business day