Do you think you might know or have spotted a victim of human trafficking?
According the U.S. Department of State, the following are all possible indicators that someone might be a victim:
• Living with employer
• Poor living conditions
• Multiple people in cramped space
• Inability to speak to individual alone
• Answers appear to be scripted and rehearsed
• Employer is holding identity documents
• Signs of physical abuse
• Submissive or fearful
• Unpaid or paid very little
• Under 18 and in prostitution
If you are able to communicate with the suspected victim without jeopardizing their safety, the U.S. Department of State recommends you ask these questions:
• Can you leave your job if you want to?
• Can you come and go as you please?
• Have you been hurt or threatened if you tried to leave?
• Has your family been threatened?
• Do you live with your employer?
• Where do you sleep and eat?
• Are you in debt to your employer?
• Do you have your passport/identification? Who has it?
If you believe the individual is a victim you must alert the proper officials. Contact your local police station or country’s human trafficking hotline. Check out a country-by-country list of human trafficking hotlines.
An excellent contact no matter where you are in the world is the International Office of Migration, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
Related: How to help
- Global organizations
- Country-by-country list
- Learn signs of trafficking victims | List of hotlines
- Explore our parents and educators guide
- e-mail The CNN Freedom Project: firstname.lastname@example.org
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