How To Spot Victims

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Traffickers love silence and secrecy.  The shadows. They prey on the fact that most people would prefer to ignore this problem. But millions of victims are praying that you don’t. If you have the resources to donate to this or other trafficking causes, please click here to donate. Regardless of your financial status, you have eyes. That is how you can help.

Sexual slavery is literally all around you. Right now. Red flags are everywhere.  Yet most of us don’t recognize the red flags. If you see or suspect anything from this list (even though you might think it is minor), please call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at 1-888-3737-888. You could very well save someone’s life.

The individual in question:

  • Is not free to leave or come and go as they please
  • 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 is paid only through tips
  • Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
  • 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 conditions (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc)

The individual in question:

  • Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
  • Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up “law enforcement”
  • Avoids eye contact

The individual in question:

  • Lacks health care
  • Appears malnourished
  • Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement or torture

The individual in question:

  • Has few or no personal possessions
  • Is not in control of his/her own identification documents (I.D. or Passport)
  • Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records or bank account
  • Is not allowed to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)

The individual in question:

  • Claims of “just visiting” and inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address
  • Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or do not know which city he/she is in
  • Loss of sense of time
  • Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story

This List is Courtesy of Nita Belles

Author of In Our Backyard