Where Victims May Be Found
Victims of human trafficking are found in many areas
- Domestic servitude
- Construction work
- Sex/pornography industry
- Ranch work
- Janitorial services
- Nail salons
How to Recognize a Victim of Trafficking
There are several “red flags” that may indicate someone is a victim of human trafficking
- A victim of trafficking usually does not have their documentation or identification (this is a powerful way for the trafficker to keep them from running).
- Foreign born victims will probably not speak English and the work or living environments they are forced to endure will allow little exposure to American culture.
- Traffickers may accompany the victims everywhere, sometimes acting as a “translator”. Victims may have little freedom from the trafficker.
- Traffickers also keep the victims confused and scared about what may happen to them. Physical and sexual abuse may occur while in servitude. Trusting anyone will be an issue for a victim.
Questions to Help Determine if Someone May Be a Victim of Human Trafficking
- What type of work do you do?
- What is the work environment like?
- How much/how often do you get paid?
- What are your work hours?
- Can you quit your job if you wanted to leave?
- What is your living situation like?
- Where do you eat and sleep?
- How many people do you live with?
- Can you come and go as you like?
- Have you or your family been threatened?
- Do you have your documentation or identification in your possession?
- Are there locks on your doors or windows to prevent you from leaving work or home?
NOTE: The above questions can be found in English and Spanish on the Health and Human Services web page: www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking