Signs of Sex Trafficking
Evidence of being controlled.
Lack of control over personal schedule.
Lack of control over money.
The person recently arrived in the country. They often do not speak the language of the country.
Fear, depression, and overly submissive behavior. The person is frightened to talk to outsiders and authorities as a result of threats.
Poor health. Sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, pelvic pain and traumas, urinary difficulties, pregnancy resulting from rape and prostitution, infertility from chronic untreated STDs and unsafe abortions. Malnutrition and serious dental problems.
Bruises, scars, and other signs of physical abuse and torture. Sex trafficked victims are often beaten in areas that will not damage their appearance (lower back).
Substance abuse problems or addictions. The person is often coerced into drug use by their traffickers or turn to substance abuse to help cope with their dreadful situation.
Questions to ask
What type of work do you do?
Are you getting paid to do your job? Do you receive payment or is your money being held for you?
Can you come and go as you please? Are you supervised in a public space?
How do you feel about the police?
Have you or your family been threatened if you have tried to leave?
Have you been physically harmed in anyway?
Have you ever been deprived of food, water, sleep, or medical care?
Do you have to ask permission to eat, sleep, or go to the bathroom?
Are there any locks on your doors and windows so you cannot get out?
Has your identification or documentation been taken from you?
Is anyone forcing you to do anything that you do not want to do?
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