IDENTIFYING HUMAN TRAFFICKING

SIGNS OF SEX TRAFFICKING

QUESTIONS TO ASK

  • Evidence of being controlled
  • Lack of control over personal schedule
  • Lack of control over money
  • The person recently arrived in the country. They often don't speak the language of the country
  • Depression and overly submissive behavior
  • Fear of talking to outsiders and authorities
  • Poor health: sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, pelvic pain and trauma, urinary difficulties, pregnancy from rape andĀ prostitution, malnutrition, and serious dental problems
  • Bruises, scars, and other signs of physical abuse and torture. Sex trafficking victims are often beaten in areas that won't damage their physical appearance (lower back).
  • Substance abuse problems or addiction. The person is often coerced into drug use by their traffickers or turn to substance abuse to help cope with trauma

  • What type of work do you do?
  • Are you being paid to do your job? Do you receive payment or is your money being heldĀ for you?
  • Can you come and go as you please? Are you supervised in a public place?
  • How do you feel about the police?
  • Have you or your family been threatened if you try to leave?
  • Have you been physically harmed in any way?
  • Have you ever been deprived of food, water, sleep, or medical care?
  • Are there locks on your doors and windows so you can't get out?
  • Has your identification or documentation been taken away from you?
  • Is anyone forcing you to do something that you don't want to do?