The following clues may help you identify a possible trafficking victim:
- Accompanied by a controlling person or boss; not speaking on own behalf
- Lack of control over personal schedule, money, I.D., travel documents
- Transported to or from work; lives and works in the same place
- Debt owned to employer/crew leader; inability to leave job
- Bruises, depression, fear, overly submissive
These questions may help you identify a trafficking victim:
- What type of work do you do?
- Are you being paid?
- Can you leave your job if you want to?
- Can you come and go as you please?
- Have you or your family been threatened?
- What are you working and living conditions like?
- Where do you sleep and eat?
- Do you have to ask permission to eat/sleep or go to the bathroom?
- Are there locks on the doors/windows so you cannot get out?
- Has your identification or documentation been taken from you?
IF YOU see something, say something…. CALL THE NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING RESOURCE CENTER, 1.888.3737.888 OR, “TEXT” (BEFREE)
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The National Human Trafficking Hotline is a national anti-trafficking hotline serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States. The toll-free hotline is available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in more than 200 languages. https://humantraffickinghotline.org/