1. Isolated from family, friends, community
organizations, or houses of worship
2. Stops attending school
3. A sudden or dramatic change in behavior or dress
4. A juvenile engaged in commercial sex acts
5. Disorientation or confusion,
or showing signs of mental or physical abuse
7. Signs of fear, shyness, or submissive behavior
8. Unreasonable security measures
9. Unable to speak for themselves
10. Someone other than the individual is in control
11. Appears to be coached on what to say
12. Living in unsuitable conditions
13. No access to identification
14. Signs of malnutrition/neglect
If you are being trafficked or suspect someone that is, please contact
the National Human Trafficking Hotline for help at: 1-888-373-7888.
It is better to report and be wrong, than to dismiss it and be right.
Signs to Look For
Most cases in the United States involve kidnapping
This is false. Although there are cases of Human Trafficking that involves kidnapping most trafficking cases in the United States involve trickery, deceit, manipulation and blackmail. Kidnapping is very rare.
Most cases in the United States are not citizens
This is false. 98% of people that are trafficked in the United States are United States Citizens.
Victims will immediately ask for help and self identify as a victim
This is false. Victims often do not realize that they are being victimized, they have been manipulated into believing otherwise. Some lack the basic necessities to physically get out – such as transportation or a safe place to live. Some are afraid for their safety or the safety of a loved one. There are many reasons why a victim will not ask for help.
Trafficking and smuggling are the same thing
This is false. Smuggling is moving a willing participant across the border. Human Trafficking can happen without ever moving a person and involves force, fraud or coercion.
Survivors are immediately out of danger and heal quickly
This is false. Many times victims need a safe place to go in order to free themselves from their trafficker. Most that are rescued will have a lifetime of trauma that will need help to heal from.