Human Trafficking Indicators

  • Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
  • Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
  • Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
  • Is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work
  • Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off
  • Was promised work other than what he/she is performing
  • Has high security measures present at the work and/or living locations (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)
  • Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement
  • Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture
  • Is not in control of his/her own money, financial records, or bank account
  • Is not in control of his/her own identification documents (ID or passport)
  • Is not allowed or able to speak for himself/herself (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)
  • Claims of just visiting and inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address
  • Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or does not know what city he/she is in
  • Unexplained material possessions or income
  • Tattoos or brands of another person’s name

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