Human Trafficking Indicators for Victims
- Appears to be controlled by someone
- Access to communication devices and transportation does not exist
- Moves around frequently
- Lack of personal possessions
- Signs of abuse or torture
- Work against their will and in poor working conditions
- Brands of scarring or tattooing that indicates ownership
- Heavily traveled area (residence) by men
- Large number of occupants for living space
- Unexplained absence from school
- Minor that dresses provocatively or in clothing that is not age appropriate
- Juvenile (female or male) who may have a sexually transmitted disease
- Appear to be fearful of law enforcement / doesn’t make eye contact
- Work and live in the same place
- Foreign individuals who do not have possession of identification/documents
- Looks to someone else for approval before speaking to others
- Someone who has no sense of time or knowledge of the area he/she lives in
- A person who does not appear to have free will to leave
- Someone else who insists upon speaking/interpreting for the individual
Important Notes to Consider
One of these indicators alone does not imply a human trafficking situation.
Also, other consideration such as cultural differences could affect ones’ behavior.
However, if more than one of these indicators is visible there is a possibility you are encountering a human trafficking victim. If so, please contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center immediately.
Human Trafficking Victims Are Violated
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