How to identify human trafficking?
Here are some warning signs provided by Polaris Project:
Unusual/poor living conditions- including not being able to come and go freely, being severely underpaid, owing a large amount of debt, and unusually high security measures surrounding work and home.
Poor mental health or abnormal behavior- including being fearful, anxious, depressed, or submissive, an unusual fear of law enforcement, often avoids eye contact.
Poor physical health- including malnourishment and signs of physical abuse.
Lack of control- including not controlling money and identification, lack of knowledge regarding residence, and the inability to speak for himself/herself (relies on third-party or translator).
Law enforcement, click here for a tool for identifying trafficking victims and for a pocket card to assess potential trafficking situations.