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 Contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-3737-888 — or Text INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733)

How can I help identify a victim of human trafficking?   

IMPORTANT  

Trafficking victims, including undocumented individuals, are eligible for services and immigration assistance.  

TO GET HELP FROM THE NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE: 1-888-373-7888  

REPORT SUSPECTED HUMAN TRAFFICKING: 1-866-347-2423  

Text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733)  

 

If you know anyone who is experiencing the following, call 1-866-347-2423 now:  

  • Someone who works against their will, often for little or no pay (labor trafficking); or  
  • Has sex for anything of value such as money, food, shelter, clothes, or drugs (sex trafficking).  
  • Someone who is not free to leave or come and go as they wish.  
  • Someone who is under 18 and provides commercial sex acts.  
  • Someone who is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp or manager.  
  • Someone who is unpaid, paid extraordinarily little, or paid only through tips.  
  • Someone works excessively long and/or unusual hours.  
  • A person who is allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work.  
  • Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off  
  • Someone who was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work  
  • Someone who is held under high security measures in the work and/or living locations (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)  

Are there any behaviors exhibited by victims?  

  • They are fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid  
  • Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement  
  • They avoid eye contact.  
  • Does not have access to adequate health care  
  • Appears malnourished  
  • They show signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture  
  • Has few or no personal possessions  
  • They are not in control of their own money, no financial records, or bank account.  
  • They do not in control of their own identification documents (ID or passport)  
  • They are not allowed or able to speak for themselves without a third party who insists on being present and/or translating.  
  • Does not know or is unable to state where he/she is staying (e.g., does not provide an address)  
  • Lacks knowledge of whereabouts and/or does not know what city he/she is in  
  • Has loss of a sense of time  
  • Has numerous inconsistencies in their story  
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