MAYS LANDING- Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer has been handling human trafficking cases in Atlantic County since 2015. He was assigned in 2020, as Atlantic County’s Liaison to the New Jersey Human Trafficking Task Force of the Office of the Attorney General’s Office.
The goals of the state’s Human Trafficking Task Force include the following:
- Train and assist law enforcement in methods of identifying victims and signs of trafficking in order to disrupt and interdict this activity.
- Coordinate statewide efforts in the identification and provision of services to victims of human trafficking.
- Increase the successful interdiction and prosecution of trafficking of human persons.
A victim of trafficking may look like many of the people you see every day. Ask the right questions and look for clues. You are vital because you may be the only outsider with the opportunity to speak to a victim.
“Mental, physical and emotional coercion are some of the core methods of control by the trafficker. It is important to recognize some of these signs which are often displayed by victims of trafficking – submissiveness, engaging in prostitution, physical abuse, living in a cramped space with multiple strangers – and notify law enforcement,” said Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer, Atlantic County’s state Human Trafficking Liaison.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Flammer said it is also important to recognize that victims are often under the control of the trafficker or their network for many months or years. Once freed these survivors need significant time, space and resources to heal. One of the resources available to victims of human trafficking in New Jersey is the recent passage of the Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection and Treatment Act, to assist in the expungement of criminal offenses of Human Trafficking victims.
“As they move forward, having certain crimes expunged from their record pursuant the Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection and Treatment Act is one way that we can further the healing process,” Chief Assistant Prosecutor Flammer.
New Jersey Human Trafficking Liaisons:
Should you need more information on human trafficking in Atlantic County, need a speaker for a community event, or are interested in learning more about Human Trafficking, you can contact your Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Human Trafficking Liaison Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer by the contact information listed below.
ATLANTIC COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE
Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer, Human Trafficking Liaison
Emergency outside of business hours: Call Atlantic County Sheriff’s Communications Center at (609) 909-7200 who will contact the liaisons.
NJ Commission on Human Trafficking
The New Jersey Commission on Human Trafficking was created by the Legislature in 2013, as part of its passage of the Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection, and Treatment Act (P.L. 2013, c.51; see N.J.S.A.52:17B–237). The Commission is composed of fifteen members from the fields of law enforcement, victim assistance services, health care and child advocacy, as well as members of the general public who have experience in, or who have a specialized knowledge of, human trafficking. As required by the enabling legislation, one Commissioner is a survivor of human trafficking. The Commissioners were nominated either by the Governor, or by the Governor upon the recommendation of leading members of the Legislature.
BYLAWS NJ Commission on Human Trafficking
The Commission is charged with the duties of:
- Evaluating existing laws relating to human trafficking and making recommendations;
- Evaluating the enforcement of existing laws relating to human trafficking and making recommendations;
- Reviewing the cost, availability and organization of victim assistance services for victims of human trafficking and making recommendations;
- Promoting a coordinated response by public and private resources to assist victims of human trafficking;
- Developing mechanisms to promote public awareness of human trafficking;
- Reporting annually to the Governor and to the Legislature regarding the Commission’s activities, findings and recommendations.
If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, please call: Call 911 for emergencies
For victim assistance call: Covenant House 862-240-2453
Remember: Victims may be leaving everything they know and own, including family members and support systems, and many will need assistance meeting their basic needs; everything from food, clothing, shelter and medical care.
NJ Human Trafficking Hotline
If you believe you have identified a trafficking victim call 24/7 toll-free 855.END.NJ.HT (855-363-6548)
~Information from https://www.njoag.gov/programs/human-trafficking/#dcj-humant-liaisons