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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?   


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



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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