Survivors of Human Trafficking May Be:

  • Non-citizens
    • Without legal status
    • With legal status
  • US citizens
  • From different backgrounds- not just different languages or nationalities
  • Any race, class, gender, schooling, religion, culture
  • Men, women, children
  • All ages

People are Trafficked For:

  • Domestic service
  • Prostitution
  • Servile marriage
  • Garment factories
  • Begging/Peddling
  • Agriculture
  • Restaurant work
  • Construction
  • Hotel/motel housekeeping
  • Other informal labor sectors
  • Other criminal activity

What Are Some Signs of Human Trafficking?

It is important to understand that because human trafficking can happen in any industry, and to persons of any gender, age, and nationality, that stereotypes seen in media are not always representative of real life situations. However, some common red flags to look out for include:

  • person shows signs of abuse, malnourishment, exhaustion, or fearfulness
  • person is not being paid, being paid very little, or is working excessive hours or in dangerous working conditions
  • person is not allowed to leave home or premises, or is closely supervised and restricted in movement
  • person does not have access to personal documents such as ID, passport, visa, or social security card
  • person is under 18 and is working in the commercial sex industry

Again, this list is not comprehensive and each individual experience is different. Also note that while many exploitative working conditions do not rise to the level of human trafficking, it is important to report these situations because they are closely related and resources may still be available to assist these workers.

What Should I Do If I Think I’ve Identified Human Trafficking?

  • Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at 1-888-3737-888
  • Or, find a Freedom Network member organization in your area
  • If you believe someone is in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1