Early Warning Signs for Human Trafficking
Please note that there are three forms of trafficking: Sexual trafficking, Labour trafficking and Organ trafficking.
Signs may include, but are not limited to:
- having a significantly older boyfriend.
- showing signs of physical trauma such as unexplained bruises, black eye, cuts or other marks.
- showing signs of emotional trauma including increased fear, anxiety, depression, tension, and/or nervousness.
- If a youth, traveling with an older male or person who is not their guardian.
- If a youth, labelled as a chronic runaway.
- May have multiple delinquent charges.
- Victim has or is currently experiencing homelessness.
- Has special marked tattoos, or branding on his/her body (that he/she might be unwilling to explain).
- Using substances on a regular basis.
- Victim is increasingly absent from school / work or missing from home, with no explanation of their whereabouts.
- Has started accumulating new clothes, shoes, and/or jewelry that he/she can’t account for.
- Has a new cell phone that he/she cannot account for
- Has an increase in income without explanation
- Is very secretive about his/her whereabouts.
- Is chatting online with people his/her parents or friends have never met.
- Has possession of prepaid cards and or hotel keys or receipts.
- Has suddenly changed his/her appearance such as dressing more provocatively.
- Has been charged or has a previous record of prostitution.
- Has an explicitly sexual online profile found on internet community sites, internet classified ads, and/or social media sites.
- Has no identification or is not in control of his/her identification documents.
- Gives conflicting personal information or stories to law enforcement.
- Has multiple or frequent Sexually Transmitted Infections.
- Comes from or has an unstable home environment.
- Has family history in the commercial sex industry.
IF You or Someone you know may be in an abusive relationship, please call VSRC for support and information or check our resource listing for additional resources and support services.