Learn to recognize the signs of slavery and exploitation. Victims may not necessarily stand out in a crowd. You don’t need to be a detective, but simply be aware of your surroundings.

Identifying Victims

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  • Evidence of being controlled.
  • Evidence of inability to move or leave a job.
  • Being a runaway or homeless youth
  • A minor who is lying about age. “Dating” an older man. Having hotel room keys in his/her possession.
  • A minor with multiple pregnancies or STI’s (sexually transmitted infections).
  • Multiple abortions.
  • Poor medical history and/or rotting teeth.
  • Signs of physical abuse, malnutrition, stunted growth, substance abuse, and/or fear or depression.
  • A minor with excessive money or jewelry.
  • Branding or tattooing of trafficker’s name.
  • Not speaking on his/her own behalf and/or unable to speak any of the primary language of the country residing in.
  • No passport or other forms of identification or documentation.

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Note: One sign on its own may not be an indication someone is a victim of slavery.

Questions to ask suspected victims:

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  • Are you free to come and go as you please?
  • Has someone taken your papers or passport?
  • Can you quit your job if you want?
  • Do you owe your employer considerable debt?
  • Have you been threatened or harmed?
  • Are you being paid for your work?
  • Has someone told you that the police will harm or deport you?
  • Do you have to seek permission to eat, sleep or go to the bathroom?

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How to help a victim:

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  • Reassure them. Let them know they are safe and no harm will come to them.
  • In the USA, call the National Human Trafficking Center at 1.888.3737.888 and you will be directed to the most useful resources for aid.
  • If you’re not in the USA, search the Internet for anti-trafficking organizations in the area and ask for aid, or go to a local police station.
  • The U.S. State Department does provide a list of hotline numbers in other countries.

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Print and distribute our community outreach cards.

Contact us to receive specific training on victim identification and response.