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Key Factors

  • In 2014, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, operated by Polaris Project, received reports of 3,598 sex trafficking cases inside the United States.
  • In 2014, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimated that 1 in 6 endangered runaways reported to them were likely sex trafficking victims.
  • Globally, the International Labor Organization estimates that there are 4.5 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation globally.


The following clues may help you identify a possible trafficking victim:

  • Accompanied by a controlling person or boss; not speaking on own behalf
  • Lack of control over personal schedule, money, I.D., travel documents
  • Transported to or from work; lives and works in the same place
  • Debt owned to employer/crew leader; inability to leave job
  • Bruises, depression, fear, overly submissive

These questions may help you identify a trafficking victim:

  • What type of work do you do?
  • Are you being paid?
  • Can you leave your job if you want to?
  • Can you come and go as you please?
  • Have you or your family been threatened?
  • What are you working and living conditions like?
  • Where do you sleep and eat?
  • Do you have to ask permission to eat/sleep or go to the bathroom?
  • Are there locks on the doors/windows so you cannot get out?
  • Has your identification or documentation been taken from you?


If you are being trafficked, call the NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING RESOURCE CENTER, 1.888.3737.888 or, "text" (befree)