Identifying and Reporting Human Trafficking
Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking
If you suspect something is wrong, ask yourself these questions:
- Are there bruises or other signs of physical abuse?
- Are there signs of psychological abuse?
- Is the person submissive or fearful?
- Is the person being controlled?
- Is the person being deprived of food, water, sleep, medical care, or other life necessities?
- Is the person allowed to be in public alone?
- Can the person freely contact friends or family?
- Is the person a minor engaged in commercial sex?
- Does a minor appear to be in a relationship with a much older person?
- Does the person fear his or her employer?
- Can the person leave their job situation if they want?
- Has someone threatened the person's family?
- Does the person have identification?
- Does the person know his or her own address?
The following potential human trafficking "Red Flags" may be helpful to people working in these areas:
What can YOU do?
Talk about it.
Talk to your friends about the serious issue of Human Trafficking.
Don't tolerate or use lingo. When prostitution is portrayed as a choice or "funny," talk about the reality.
Reporting Human Trafficking
If you are a victim of human trafficking or have identified someone you think may need help, please contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at:
This is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, every day of the year. ALL CALLS ARE CONFIDENTIAL. Please call to:
- Report a tip.
- Connect with anti-trafficking services in your area.
- Request training and technical assistance, general information or specific anti-trafficking resources.