Sex trafficking is a serious situation 150,000 people are victims of sex trafficking a year in the U.S. Victims average age is 12-14 and only 1-2% are rescued. Sex traffickers use intimidation to keep victims quiet ; so if you see a potential situation the victim may not ask for help. If you see something say something you may save a persons life
Here are some key red flags that could alert you to a potential trafficking situation that should be reported:
*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 identify someone as a potential victim here are some questions to ask
*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?
Remember victims may be afraid to speak up so contact the Human Trafficking hotline and get help.