Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking is easily concealed and it is vital that we be aware of its existence and warning signs. It is important to note that most victims do not self-identify as victims, have a strong sense of distrust or are not aware that help is available. Signs that someone is a victim of sex trafficking include:

  • The inability to come and go as they please
  • Being accompanied by a controlling person
  • Rarely being allowed in public
  • Providing commercial sex acts under the age of 18
  • Working excessively long and/or unusual hours
  • Working a lot but not having any money, possessions or bank account
  • Not having identification documents
  • Owing a large debt and being unable to pay it off
  • Living or working under high security measures (darkened or boarded windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)
  • Appearing fearful, nervous or paranoid – especially at the mention of law enforcement
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Appearing malnourished or in poor health (including STD’s, urinary difficulty, infertility, dental problems, etc.)
  • Showing physical signs of abuse, restraint, confinement or torture (bruises, scars, etc.)
  • Not being able to clarify where they are staying
  • Inconsistencies in their story
  • Only knowing sex related words in English
  • Substance or drug abuse