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  Investigate tips. Victims you identify and assist may help in the prosecution and conviction of their traffickers.

The questions below may help you identify a human trafficking victim:
  • What type of work do you do?
  • Are you being paid?
  • Can you leave your job if you want to?
  • Can you come and go as you please?
  • Have you or your family been threatened?
  • What are your working and living conditions like?
  • Where do you sleep and eat?
  • Do you have to ask permission to eat/sleep/go to the bathroom?
  • Are there locks on the doors/windows so you cannot get out?
  • Do you have possession of your identifying documents? If not, who does?

If you are not in a position to question a potential victim of human trafficking, look for the following clues:

  • Evidence of being controlled
  • Evidence of inability to move or leave job
  • Bruises or other signs of physical abuse
  • Fear or depression
  • Not speaking on own behalf or non-English speaking dominated by English speaking individual(s).
  • No passport or other forms of identification or documentation
 
   
     
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