What Is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is the exploitation of a human being through force, fraud or coercion. It is the recruitment, harboring, transporting or procurement of a person for labor or services for the sole purpose of involuntary servitude or forced commercial sex acts.This crime is a domestic and international issue that affects far too many women and men and children.
What Is the City Doing To Combat Human Trafficking?
The Arlington Police Department is a member of the North Texas Anti-Trafficking Team (NTATT), which was established to rescue trafficking victims and to ensure their safety, well-being and health through proactive law enforcement and social services delivery for victims.The North Texas Anti-Trafficking Team will accomplish this goal by:
- Assisting in proactive investigations of sex trafficking and labor trafficking crimes, involving men and women, adults, minors, domestic and foreign national victims within the North Texas area serviced by NTATT partners.
- Identifying victims of all forms of human trafficking and offer a comprehensive array of restorative services to meet each victim’s individual needs.
- Supporting the prosecution of trafficking crimes on state and federal levels.
- Enhancing the community’s capacity to identify and report trafficking crimes by conducting training, public awareness and outreach activities.
The task force team members are committed to searching for and rescuing victims by pursuing investigations of individuals and organizations that will result in criminal prosecutions.This website is funded in whole or in part through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs and the U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for or necessarily endorse this website (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies or any services or tools provided).
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