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Real Indicators of Human Trafficking

Bakhita Empowerment Program

Recognize the Signs

  • Is the person unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips?
  • Does the person work excessively long and/or unusual hours?
  • Is the person not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work?
  • Does the person owe a large debt and is unable to pay it off?
  • Was the person recruited under false promises concerning the nature and conditions of their work?
  • Does the person live at their place of employment?
  • Does the person live with multiple people in a cramped space?
  • Is the person in the commercial sex industry and do they have a pimp/manager?
  • Is the person under the age of 18 and providing commercial sex acts?
  • Does the person appear overly anxious, fearful, paranoid?
  • Does the person avoid eye contact?
  • Does the person appear depressed, hopeless, exhibit self-destructive behaviors?
  • Does the person appear to suffer from substance abuse disorders or post-traumatic stress?
  • Is the person malnourished, exhibit untreated wounds, have older broken bones?
  • Does the person have burn marks, bite marks, or branding tattoos?
  • Is the person in control or possession of their personal identification, travel documents, money, financial records, bank account?
  • Does the person have few or no personal possessions?
  • If a minor, is the person enrolled in school?

While these questions may indicate the presence of human trafficking, if you are unsure, we recommend calling in a tip anyway. Your tip is anonymous and could lead to the recovery of a victim. To report a tip call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888, or text to 233733.