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If you see the International Hand Signal for Human Trafficking, or any other suspicious activities, make sure to call the National Human Trafficking Hotline, or text BEFREE (233733).



The following can be signs that someone may be a victim of human trafficking. If you see a situation characterized by some of these signs, please contact the Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888, or by texting BEFREE (233733).

  • Appear to be malnourished

  • Show signs of physical injuries and/or abuse

  • Avoids eye contact, social interaction, especially with figures of authority and law enforcement

  • Seem to adhere to scripted or rehearsed responses in social interactions

  • Lack official identification documents

  • Appear to be destitute and/or lacking personal possessions

  • Work excessively long hours

  • Live at their place of employment

  • Check into hotels/motels with older males

  • Refers to older male companions as "boyfriend" or "daddy"

  • Show poor physical or dental health

  • Have tattoos and/or branding on the neck or lower back

  • Have untreated sexually transmitted diseases

  • Are small children serving in a family restaurant

  • Are security measures that appear to keep people inside an establishment

  • Not being allowed to go into public alone or to speak for themselves

Information provided by Polaris Project

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