Identifying and Reporting Human Trafficking

Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking

If you suspect something is wrong, ask yourself these questions:

  • Are there bruises or other signs of physical abuse?
  • Are there signs of psychological abuse?
  • Is the person submissive or fearful?
  • Is the person being controlled?
  • Is the person being deprived of food, water, sleep, medical care, or other life necessities?
  • Is the person allowed to be in public alone?
  • Can the person freely contact friends or family?
  • Is the person a minor engaged in commercial sex?
  • Does a minor appear to be in a relationship with a much older person?
  • Does the person fear his or her employer?
  • Can the person leave their job situation if they want?
  • Has someone threatened the person's family?
  • Does the person have identification?
  • Does the person know his or her own address?

The following potential human trafficking "Red Flags" may be helpful to people working in these areas:

What can YOU do?

Talk about it.

Talk to your friends about the serious issue of Human Trafficking. 

Speak out.

Don't tolerate or use lingo.  When prostitution is portrayed as a choice or "funny," talk about the reality.

Reporting Human Trafficking

If you are a victim of human trafficking or have identified someone you think may need help, please contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at:


This is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, every day of the year. ALL CALLS ARE CONFIDENTIAL.  Please call to:

  • Report a tip.
  • Connect with anti-trafficking services in your area.
  • Request training and technical assistance, general information or specific anti-trafficking resources.