Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others.

Although slavery is commonly thought to be a thing of the past, human trafficking still exists today throughout the United States and globally when traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control other people for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex or forcing them to provide labor services against their will. Traffickers use violence, threats, deception, debt bondage, and other manipulative tactics to trap victims in horrific situations every day in America. All trafficking victims share one essential experience – the loss of freedom.

In the United States, sex trafficking commonly occurs in online escort services, residential brothels, brothels disguised as massage businesses or spas, and in street prostitution. Labor trafficking has been found in domestic servitude situations, as well as sales crews, large farms, restaurants, carnivals, and more.

Learn more about human trafficking at www.traffickingresourcecenter.org.

The following clues may help you to identify
a POSSIBLE VICTIM of MODERN DAY SLAVERY

        • Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
        • Is under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts
        • Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp / manager
        • Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
        • Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
        • Is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work
        • Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off
        • Was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work
        • High security measures exist in the work and/or living locations (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)
        • Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoidExhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement
        • Avoids eye contact
        • Lacks health care
        • Appears malnourished
        • Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture
        • Lacks health care
        • Appears malnourished
        • Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture
        • Claims of just visiting and inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address
        • Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or do not know what city he/she is in
        • Loss of sense of time
        • Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story
 
If you think you've encountered a victim of human trafficking,
call the NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE NUMBER:

1-888-3737-888

RESOURCES: The Polaris Project | www.PolarisProject.org