Potential Indicators of Sex Trafficking

Presence of any overly-controlling and abusive “boyfriend” or “daddy”
Maybe 10+ years older

Lack of control over schedule, money, I.D., travel documents

Chronically runs away from home

References to frequent travel to other cities

Symptoms of drug addiction

Inability or fear to make eye contact (demeanor; fear, anxiety, depression, submissive, tense, nervous)

Injuries/signs of physical abuse or torture

Restricted/scripted communication

Lying about age/false identification

Inconsistencies in story

Excess amount of cash

Several hotel room keys

Branding (tattoo, jewelry)

Signs of malnourishment

Inappropriately dressed (based on weather conditions or surroundings)

Demonstrates a sudden change in attire, behavior, or material possessions (e.g., has expensive items)

Makes references to sexual situations that are beyond age-specific norms

Claims of being an adult, although appearance suggests adolescent features

Unexplained absences from school for a period of time, and therefore truant

Patterns of absenteeism from school

References to terminology of commercial sex industry that are beyond age specific norms

Engages in promiscuous behavior and may be labeled “fast” by peers

Numerous condoms, lubricants, etc. in purse, hotel room, apartment, business or trash cans

Debt owed to employer, crew leader; inability to leave job


REPORT any and all suspicious activity by calling 888 3737 888
You can report anonymously and law enforcement agencies have advised that they would rather you report a situation and give them the opportunity to investigate versus ignoring the possible crime.  

You may be the victim's only opportunity at freedom. 

Please report any and all signs of human trafficking.  



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