Identifying and Reporting Human Trafficking

Victims of Human and Sex Trafficking aren’t always locked behind doors. They are often directly in front of you, victims of captivity with the illusion of freedom. Many are too afraid to seek or ask for help because of threats to them or either their families of the things they fear the most. Identifying red flags of human trafficking will help you indicate a person who is a victim and report it.

Victims of human trafficking are frequently lured by false promises of a lucrative job, stability, education, or a loving relationship. Victims can be men or women, adults or children, foreign nationals or U.S. citizens. The Victims & Traffickers. Retrieved from

Red Flags of Human Trafficking

• Poor living conditions • Multiple people cramped in a space

• Inability of speaking to individuals alone • Answers appear to be scripted

• Living with employer • Third party holding identification documents

• Signs of abuse • Submissive or fearful

• Unpaid or significantly under paid • Quick marriage

Questions You Can Ask

1. Can you leave your job if you want? 2. Can you come and go as you please?

3. Has your family been threatened? 4. Do you live with your employer?

5. Where do you sleep and eat? 6. Do you have your identification?

7. Are you in debt to your employer?

8. Have you been hurt or threatened if you tried to leave?

9. Were you brought over from your country and married?

10. Where you married under false pretense and threatened with deportation?

If you know of anyone who is a victim of Human or Sex Trafficking report it. For Urgent situations call 911 or call the national Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888.


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