- 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)