"Human trafficking - the coercion of human beings for the purpose of involuntary labor, sexual exploitation, or both - is a growing problem in Maine. President Obama has called human trafficking modern day slavery, declaring that the United States 'must end this most serious, ongoing criminal civil rights violation.' The Maine Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Maine SAC [state advisory committee] or Committee) started examining the issue of human trafficking in 2011 and convened a briefing in April 2012. [...] In issuing this report, the Committee commends the state for the progress it has made in addressing human trafficking. Nonetheless, the Committee finds that more needs to done to help victims and survivors of trafficking, especially with regards to criminal liability of victims and assistance for victims."
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: http://www.usccr.gov/