human trafficking

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A new facility is opening in Buffalo to assist victims of human trafficking, and at-risk women and girls. At the ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday for the new FreeTHEM Center, its founder announced her next steps to raise awareness of human trafficking and exploitation will be taking along a 902-mile walking journey.

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Governments have been urging us to shelter at home to stop the spread of COVID-19. For the most vulnerable people that’s a challenge. But it's also an opportunity for human sex traffickers.

Press Pass: Home design

Mar 3, 2020
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Spree

The March issue of Buffalo Spree explores home design. Five area homes are showcased, all of different styles. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says one is a small cottage in Allentown, built by a man on a small parcel behind an existing home.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

January marks Human Trafficking Awareness Month. In Buffalo, the United States Attorney's Office is working with members of a task force who are helping people recognize potential warning signs of human trafficking activity while also dispelling some of the myths about its victims.

New York State Office of Children and Family Services

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday approved a law allowing victims of sexual offenses, stalking and human trafficking to hide their address from offenders.

Karen DeWitt

More than 100 sex workers came to the Capitol on Tuesday to lobby for two bills that they say would help keep them safe and end some of the stigma associated with their jobs.  The workers, joined by lawmakers who back the bills, told stories of what led them to the work.

Photo provided by Daemen College

Some Daemen College students recently traveled to northern Thailand on a mission to help prevent human trafficking. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Daemen students taught at-risk children in that country on avoiding a very serious issue. 

New York State Office of Children and Family Services

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and on Wednesday afternoon, Erie County officials met with community organizations and law enforcement working to end human trafficking and identify victims.

U.S. Border Patrol

There is a new boss of the U.S. Border Patrol along this section of the Great Lakes, covering 300 agents and 341 maritime miles.

Western New York no stranger to human trafficking

Aug 9, 2018
Nancy Fischer / WBFO

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, but it’s not chains that bind victims. Instead, it is fear and shame - and it’s happening right here in Western New York.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Immigration could be a thorny issue this coming Congressional mid-term election. House Speaker Paul Ryan has promised compromise, as moderates demand protection for those who came into the US undocumented as children. Others are concerned for those who arrive via human trafficking. WBFO was invited recently to sit with the Buffalo-area District Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services to learn what the local office does, and how they assist immigrants who have arrivred under extraordinary circumstances.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Two State Senators and the Erie County Sheriff are urging members of the Assembly to pass a bill they say will make it easier to prosecute those who conduct human sex trafficking, especially in cases involving child victims.

WBFO News file photo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A proposal introduced in the New York state Legislature would require training for hotel workers in how to recognize signs of human trafficking.


  The measure is sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Sen. Jesse Hamilton, both Democrats.

Supporters say trafficking victims are sometimes housed in hotels and motels, where they are forced into prostitution or other sexually exploitative acts.

Chris Caya WBFO News

A member of the Erie County Sheriff's Department has been honored for her outstanding contribution on a federal task force.


Leaders of a local campaign that targets human trafficking and other forms of exploitation believe their effort will grow stronger as they open a new office on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.

Western District of New York Human Trafficking Task Force

A new series of public service announcements is aiming to tackle a crime across Western New York that most residents may not know is even happening – human trafficking.

Child Advocacy Center of Niagara

A comforting environment is important for people who are facing difficult times, especially when they are children.

The Child Advocacy Center of Niagara, a facility that cares for victims of child abuse and trauma, has moved into new facilities that are more kid-friendly and have improved resources.

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A victim of human trafficking shared her experience Thursday with students at Cheektowaga Central High School.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some women refugee and immigrants who come to Buffalo struggle with domestic violence and become easy targets for human trafficking. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the International Institute of Buffalo provides important services for these women as they try to live a new life in our city.

A recent study on modern slavery finds Toronto has become one of the most common destinations of human trafficking in Ontario. The report looked at more than 500 cases in the province between 2011 and 2013.

Chris Caya/WBFO News

Prostitution and related offenses are now being handled differently in Buffalo City Court. Chief Judge Thomas Amodeo on Thursday announced the start of the Human Trafficking Intervention Part.

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Buffalo City Court is adding another specialized court for human trafficking and prostitution cases as part of a statewide program.


Two western New York agencies recently secured additional funding to fight human trafficking. The U.S. Department of Justice awarded the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and the International Institute of Buffalo for their collaborative efforts to combat the crime.