What is Human Trafficking?
Human Trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. It is a criminal activity in which traffickers use force, fraud or coercion to control victims for purposes of engaging in commercial sex acts or forced labor services against their will.
- Victim is accompanied by a controlling person; not speaking on their own behalf; may say they can’t speak English
- Lack of control over personal schedule, money, transportation, travel documents and forms of identification
- Lives and works in the same place; inability to leave their job; “debt” owed to employer/boss/”boyfriend”
- Fearful, submissive, poor health, cuts or bruises, evasive when answering questions, keep to themselves; seem withdrawn, depressed or distracted
- Appears overly tired at school or work
- Brags about making or having lots of money
- Displays expensive clothes, accessories or shoes; inappropriately dressed
- New tattoo (often used by pimps as a way to brand victims).Tattoos of a name, symbol of money, or barcode
- Shows signs of gang affiliation (preference for specific colors; gang symbols)
- Older boyfriend or new friends with a different lifestyle. Talks about wild parties or invites other students to attend parties.
Never try to intervene or “rescue” someone yourself. Report immediately to proper authorities.
Reports can be made anonymously and confidentially.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations
Hotline 1-866-347-2423 (U.S. and Canada) www.ice.gov/webform/his-tip-form
National Human Trafficking Resource Center
Call 1-888-373-7888 or text “Info” or “Help” to BEFREE (233733)
Trafficking on Cape Cod