T-RAP Update
-------------------------------------------------------- Unfortunately, Thurston Count Rent Assistance is now closed to new applications and to additional assistance for previous applicants. This program was funded by the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act. It was intended as a short-term response to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program has closed to new applications to ensure there is enough funding available to cover the applications that are still being processed. --------------------------
T-RAP Update
-------------------------------------------------------- Unfortunately, Thurston Count Rent Assistance is now closed to new applications and to additional assistance for previous applicants. This program was funded by the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act. It was intended as a short-term response to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program has closed to new applications to ensure there is enough funding available to cover the applications that are still being processed. --------------------------

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Signs of Human Trafficking

There are many signs of human trafficking, but some are more common than others. Look for these signs if you suspect someone may be a victim of human trafficking:

1. Does the person look like she or he is not in control of his or her life?
2. Does the person avoid eye contact, look depressed, look tired, or malnourished?
3. Does the person seem unequipped for a job he or she has, like someone who has never held a job before working as a security guard in an apartment complex?
4. Does the person’s clothing, appearance or grooming indicate a lack of personal care?
5. Does the person have few, or no, personal possessions but lots of expensive items, like a designer purse, that could belong to someone else?
6. Does the person lack identification documents like a passport or driver’s license?
7. Does the person not know where he or she is, how he or she got there or how to get back home? 
8. Withdrawn, fearful, or anxious behavior
9. Appearing disconnected from family and friends
10. Lack of knowledge about their whereabouts
11. Poor physical health

 

Does the person look like she or he is not in control of his or her life?

Is she or he reluctant to speak, has a somber appearance and evasive answers, or appears nervous? Does this person seem frightened, upset, or afraid to talk of his or her situation?

It’s hard to believe, but human trafficking is a reality in our world today. Unfortunately, victims of human trafficking are often abused. This is a huge problem that needs to be addressed. Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery. It occurs when someone is recruited, transported, or harbored for the purpose of exploitation. This can happen for many reasons, including forced labor or sex trafficking. Sadly, victims of human trafficking are often abused. This can include physical, mental, and sexual abuse. Unfortunately, many victims are too afraid to speak out or don’t even realize they’re being abused. This makes it hard to get help. There are many ways to help victims of human trafficking. If you see something suspicious, say something. You can also donate to organizations that help victims, or volunteer your time. Together, we can make a difference.

Does the person look like she or he is not in control of his or her life?

It’s hard to believe, but human trafficking is a reality in our world today. Unfortunately, victims of human trafficking are often abused. This is a huge problem that needs to be addressed. Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery. It occurs when someone is recruited, transported, or harbored for the purpose of exploitation. This can happen for many reasons, including forced labor or sex trafficking. Sadly, victims of human trafficking are often abused. This can include physical, mental, and sexual abuse. Unfortunately, many victims are too afraid to speak out or don’t even realize they’re being abused. This makes it hard to get help. There are many ways to help victims of human trafficking. If you see something suspicious, say something. You can also donate to organizations that help victims, or volunteer your time. Together, we can make a difference.

Human Trafficking Indicators

While not an exhaustive list, these are some key red flags that could alert you to a potential trafficking situation that should be reported:

  • Living with employer
  • Poor living conditions
  • Multiple people in a cramped space
  • Inability to speak to individual alone
  • Answers appear to be scripted and rehearsed
  • Employer is holding identity documents
  • Signs of physical abuse
  • Submissive or fearful
  • Unpaid or paid very little
  • Under 18 and in prostitution

Questions to Ask

Assuming you have the opportunity to speak with a potential victim privately and without jeopardizing the victim’s safety because the trafficker is watching, here are some sample questions to ask to follow up on the red flags you became alert to:

  • Can you leave your job if you want to?
  • Can you come and go as you please?
  • Have you been hurt or threatened if you tried to leave?
  • Has your family been threatened?
  • Do you live with your employer?
  • Where do you sleep and eat?
  • Are you in debt to your employer?
  • Do you have your passport/identification? Who has it?

Where to Get Help

If you believe you have identified someone still in the trafficking situation, alert law enforcement immediately at the numbers provided below. It may be unsafe to attempt to rescue a trafficking victim. You have no way of knowing how the trafficker may react and retaliate against the victim and you. If, however, you identify a victim who has escaped the trafficking situation, there are several organizations to whom the victim could be referred for help with shelter, medical care, legal assistance, and other critical services. In this case, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline described below.

911 Emergency

For urgent situations, notify local law enforcement immediately by calling 911. You may also want to alert the National Human Trafficking Hotline described below so that they can ensure response by law enforcement officials knowledgeable about human trafficking.

1-888-373-7888 National Human Trafficking Hotline

Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline, a national 24-hour, toll-free, multilingual anti-trafficking hotline. Call 1-888-373-7888 to report a tip; connect with anti-trafficking services in your area; or request training and technical assistance, general information, or specific anti-trafficking resources. The Hotline is equipped to handle calls from all regions of the United States from a wide range of callers including, but not limited to: potential trafficking victims, community members, law enforcement, medical professionals, legal professionals, service providers, researchers, students, and policymakers.

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