What is human trafficking?

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery where an individual is a forced laborer such as those forced to perform commercial sexual acts. Traffickers tend to target those who are at a disadvantage because of immigration status,  language proficiency, financial hardship, or other socially isolating factors although victims can be any race, gender, nationality, or age. Listed below are some common indicators of human trafficking.

  •  The victim acts fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive,
    tense, nervous, or paranoid
  • The victim doesn't speak for themselves
  • The victim shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse
  • The victim has few or no personal possessions
  • The victim cannot freely contact friends or family
  • The victim does not socialize or attend religious services
  • The victim works excessively long and/or unusual hours
  • The victim is a juvenile engaged in commercial sex
  • The victim has been threated with deportation or law enforcement action
  • Another individual is in possession of the victim's identification and travel documents