Identifying a Victim
How to Identify a Victim of Human Trafficking
Identify a Child Victim
ANY CHILD HAVING THESE POTENTIAL INDICATORS could be a VICTIM OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Pimps prey on victims as young as 12. Traffickers target their minor victims through telephone chat-lines, clubs, on the street through friends, and at malls as well as by using girls to recruit other girls at schools and in after-school programs.
HOW TO IDENTIFY A VICTIM OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING? IF A CHILD
- Has unexplained absences from school and is truant.
- Demonstrates an inability to attend school on a regular basis
- Chronically runs away from home
- Refers to frequent travel to other cities
- Exhibits physical trauma, withdrawn behavior, depression or fear
- Lacks control over her or his schedule or identification documents
- Is hungry, malnourished or inappropriately dressed (based on weather)
- Shows signs of drug addiction
- Demonstrates a sudden change in attire, behavior, or material possessions (e.g. has expensive items)
- Makes references to sexual situations that are beyond age-specific norms
- Engages in promiscuous behavior and may be labeled “fast” by peers
Those enslaved in the USA may be working in many venues. Indentured slaves can be found in sweatshops (clothing manufacturing), in commercial agriculture settings (fields, processing plants,canneries ), in ordinary neighborhoods (maids, baby sitters), on construction sites, in restaurants, and as custodial workers, or in the sex industry ( under the guise of massage parlors, nail parlors, escort services, adult bookstores, modeling studios, or bars and strip clubs).
Identify an Adult Trafficking Victim
ANY ADULT HAVING THESE POTENTIAL INDICATORS could be a VICTIM OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
- Not free to leave or come and go as he/she wants
- Works excessively long hours, paid through tips
- Owes a large debt and unable to pay it off
- Recruited through false pretenses, concerning the nature and condition of the work
- High security exists including opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, security cameras etc.
- Large numbers of people living in house and there is a spokesperson for the group
- Is fearful, anxious, depressed, tense,or nervous
- Avoids eye contact
- Has few or no personal possessions
- Is not in control of own money or identification documents
- Not allowed to speak for themselves
- Numerous inconsistencies in his/her stories
- If foreign national,their visa/passport has been taken from the for “safekeeping”
- Unable to give street address of residence of where they live
Identify a Victim
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