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General Clues to Help Identify Victims of Human Trafficking
Human trafficking may occur in the following situations:
Prostitution and escort services; Pornography, stripping, or exotic dancing; Massage parlors; Sexual services publicized on the Internet or in newspapers; Agricultural or ranch work; Factory work or sweatshops; Businesses like hotels, nail salons or home-cleaning services; Domestic labor (cleaning, childcare, eldercare, etc. within a home); Restaurants, bars, or cantinas; or Begging, street peddling, or door-to-door sales.
Victims of human trafficking may exhibit any of the following:
Evidence of being controlled either physically or psychologically; Inability to leave home or place of work; Inability to speak for oneself or share one’s own information; Information is provided by someone accompanying the individual; Loss of control of one’s own identification documents (ID or passport); Have few or no personal possessions; Owe a large debt that the individual is unable to pay off; or Loss of sense of time or space, not knowing where they are or what city or state they are in.
If you think you have come into contact with a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1.888.373.7888 or text to BeFree (233733). The NHTRC can help you identify and coordinate with local organizations that protect and serve trafficking victims. For more information on human trafficking visit: www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking. Operators are available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Interpreters are available for up to 170 languages and all calls are strictly confidential.
Florida Lawmakers are pushing to have Human Trafficking Awareness provided in schools. See below for additional information.
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