Sex Trafficking Red Flags and Indicators

Top 10 Sex Trafficking Red Flags and Indicators

  • Physical abuse (bruises at various stages of healing).
  • No control over (money, ID, or passport, etc.)
  • Ignorance of where or why they are in the area.
  • Numerous inconsistencies in their story and/or it sounds scripted
  • Minors engaging in sexual acts for anything of value
  • Age-inappropriate relationships
  • Individuals who are being closely monitored by someone
  • Submissive/signs of anxiety/depression/extreme nervousness
  • Possession of multiple cell phones
  • Multiple runaway incidents

Other Red Flags and Indicators of Sex Trafficking

  • History of sexual abuse
  • Extremely fearful
  • Tattoos indicating branding of victim (money, crown, initials, rose)
  • In possession of multiple hotel keys/cards, prepaid credit/debit cards, cell phones, etc.
  • Individuals who are under constant surveillance
  • Have no control over identification
  • Few or no personal belongings
  • Traveling with multiple people requiring multiple rooms or near an exit
  • The person is in the company of substantially older adults
  • Lack of freedom of movement
  • Evidence of physical abuse or general physical neglect
  • Signs of psychological, physical, or sexual trauma
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Possession of multiple cell phones
  • Multiple runaway incidents
  • Drug addiction
  • Eating disorders or poor nutrition
  • Signs of self-injury
  • Fatigue
  • Non-specific symptoms of PTSD
  • Symptoms of psychiatric and psychological problems
  • Poor living conditions
  • Responses seem scripted or rehearsed
  • Vague/inconsistent explanation of where they live and work
  • Seems to change location frequently
  • Unpaid or very low paid
  • Stockholm syndrome
  • Serious injuries that have not been treated and are explained vaguely or reluctantly
  • Evidence of long-term multiple injuries

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