Learn How to Spot Human Trafficking

Learn How to Spot Human Trafficking


Human trafficking is defined as ‘the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act’. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or falsely promise well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations. Each year, millions of women and children, and even men,  are trafficked somewhere in the world– including right here in the United States. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. 

Language barriers, fear of their traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement frequently keep victims from seeking help, making human trafficking a hidden crime.

Traffickers often look for people who seem susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of a social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability. The trauma caused by these traffickers can be so great that many victims may not even identify themselves as victims, or ask for help, even in highly public settings.

If you suspect human trafficking to Federal law enforcement:
If you need help,  call the National Human Trafficking Hotline:
or text HELP or INFO to
BeFree (233733)

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