Know the Signs

There is no single indicator, but below are some signs you should be aware of.  If you witness or suspect human trafficking, or you are personally being trafficked, call the toll-free, multilingual, 24-hour National Human Trafficking Resource Center & Hotline: 1-888-373-7888

Studies show most victims are rescued simply because a community member calls the authorities about suspected trafficking.



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  • Living with employer

  • Poor living conditions

  • Over-crowded living conditions

  • Inability to speak to anyone alone

  • Answers appear to be scripted and rehearsed

  • Employer is holding identity documents (driver’s license, passport, social security card, etc.)

  • Signs of physical abuse

  • Submissive or fearful

  • Signs of neglect or malnutrition

  • Group of individuals with identical markings or tattoos

  • Unpaid or paid very little by their employer

  • Young person romantically involved with an older individual

  • Under 18 and in prostitution

  • Has stopped attending school or discontinued regular activities

  • Transportation is provided by employer

  • Disoriented or utilizing illicit drugs

  • Signs of physical restraint, confinement, or torture (bruises, scars, wounds, broken bones, etc.)

  • Sudden changes in appearance and/or behavior

  • Unable to leave locations without an escort