Attorneys within the Office of the Attorney General have jurisdiction to prosecute human trafficking cases, including exploitation for sex and labor. In 2019, the Maryland General Assembly passed three new laws that support prosecution of human trafficking cases and increase protections and support for victims. The Child Sex Trafficking Screening and Services Act helps facilitate services for children and young adults at high-risk or who are victims of trafficking. The Anti-Exploitation Act makes labor trafficking an illegal act in Maryland, providing penalties up to 25 years in prison for violating the law. The Sex Trafficking Recodification Bill made important changes to already-existing human trafficking laws in Maryland.
Below is a list of government agencies, legal services, health care entities, and non-profit organizations that may be able to help if you or someone you know is the victim, or at high risk for becoming a victim, of human trafficking. The 24-hour National Human Trafficking Hotline telephone number is 1-888-373-7888.
200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
410-576-6300 / En español 410-230-1712 / 1-888-743-0023 toll-free / TTY: Dial 7-1-1 or 800-735-2258