Do you think you might know or have spotted a victim of Human Trafficking?
According to the U.S. Department of State, the following are all possible indicators that someone might be a victim of Human Trafficking.
- 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 the National Human Trafficking hotline at: 888-3737-888 or the International Office of Migration, headquartered in Geneva Switzerland: http://www.iom.int/cms/home