Recognize the signs of Human Trafficking

  • Who is most vulnerable:
    • Recently migrated or relocated 
    • Substance abuse issues
    • Mental health issues
    • LBGTQ+
    • Involvement with child welfare system
    • Runaway or homeless youth
  • Common signs of Human Trafficking:
    • Appearing malnourished
    • Showing signs of physical injuries and abuse
    • Avoiding eye contact, social interaction, and authority figures/law enforcement
    • Seeming to adhere to scripted or rehearsed responses in social interaction
    • Lacking official identification documents
    • Appearing destitute/lacking personal possessions
    • Working excessively long hours
    • Living at place of employment
    • Checking into hotels/motels with older males, and referring to those males as boyfriend or “daddy,” which is often street slang for pimp
    • Poor physical or dental health 
    • Tattoos/branding on the neck and/or lower back
    • Untreated sexually transmitted diseases
    • Small children serving in a family restaurant
    • Security measures that appear to keep people inside an establishment - barbed wire inside of a fence, bars covering the insides of windows
    • Not allowing people to go into public alone, or speak for themselves

Report Signs of Human Trafficking Right Away

  • U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline: 

1 (888) 373-7888

SMS:  Text “HELP” or “INFO” to “BeFree” 233733
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Languages: English, Spanish and 200 more languages