Human Trafficking: Identifying Red Flags & What You Can Do

    Red Flags

    Behavioral or Physical State

    • Does the victim act fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid?
    • Does the victim defer to another person to speak for him or her?
    • Does the victim show signs of physical or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture?
    • Does the victim have few or no personal possessions?

    Social Behavior

    • Can the victim freely contact friends or family?
    • Is the victim allowed to socialize or attend religious services?
    • Does the victim have freedom of movement?

    Work Conditions and Immigration Status

    • Does the victim work excessively long and/or unusual hours?
    • Is the victim a juvenile engaged in commercial sex?
    • Is the victim in possession of identification and travel documents? If not, who has control of those documents?

    What You Can Do

    1. Report Tips: Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 to get help and connect with a service provider in your area. The national, toll-free hotline is available to answer calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    2. Get to Know the Task Force in you Area: Human trafficking task forces comprise federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement, as well as prosecutors, that provide victim services. The county has several task forces that are easy to find on the Internet.
    3. Help Spread Awareness: Educate yourself, friends, family, and organizations you work with.

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    Information provided by the office of Das Williams, Assemblymember, 37th district