The individual(s) in question:

  • Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
  • Is under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts
  • Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp / manager
  • 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 recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work
  • High security measures exist in the work and/or living locations For example, boarded up windows, bars on windows, security cameras, etc.)

  • Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous
  • Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement
  • Avoids eye contact

  • Lacks health care
  • Appears malnourished
  • Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture

  • Has few or no personal possessions
  • Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records, or bank account
  • Is not in control of his/her own identification documents, such as an ID or passport
  • Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present)

  • Claims of just visiting and inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address
  • Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or do not know what city he/she is in
  • Loss of sense of time
  • Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story

**This list is not exhaustive and represents only some possible indicators. The indicators in this list may not be present in all trafficking cases.
To request help or report a tip, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733).