Signs of Human Trafficking
Signs that someone may be a victim of human trafficking:
- May be in the company of older males who are not related, may refer to them as their boyfriend or daddy (street slang for pimp);
- Other person speaking for them in public situations;
- Driven to and from work locations, and escorted (male or female) at all times;
- Do not have control of their own money or cellphone. May have numerous cell phones or numbers associated to their activities.
- Identification documents may be controlled by others.
- May not know or be familiar with the city, address or neighborhood they work or live in.
- Moved frequently or may claim to be just visiting or new to area;
- Unable to freely contact their family or friends;
- Work excessively long hours;
- Providing scripted or rehearsed answers to casual questions.
- May appear to be malnourished;
- May possess new expensive brand name clothing, shoes, purses;
- May go to have regular expensive esthetics treatments, nails, pedicures, hair;
- May be dressed in age or weather inappropriate clothing;
- May be branded with tattoos of the trafficker’s name, or other symbol on their back or neck or other body location;
- Signs of physical abuse; bruises, broken bones, sexual abuse or other medical issues not treated;
These signs of human trafficking are adapted from information provided by The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking and Polaris Project.
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