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Potential indicators of human trafficking

The individual in question: Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes. Is younger than 18 years old and is providing commercial sex acts. Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp or manager. Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid...

The individual in question:

  1. Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes.
  2. Is younger than 18 years old and is providing commercial sex acts.
  3. Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp or manager.
  4. Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips.
  5. Works excessively long and/or unusual hours.
  6. Is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work.
  7. Owes a large and/or increasing debt and is unable to pay it off.
  8. Was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work.
  9. Is living or working in a location with high security measures.
  10. Exhibits unusually fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense or nervous/paranoid behavior.
  11. Reacts with unusually fearful or anxious behavior at any reference to law enforcement.
  12. Avoids eye contact.
  13. Exhibits a flat affect.
  14. Exhibits unexplained injuries or signs of prolonged/untreated illness or disease.
  15. Appears malnourished.
  16. Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement or torture.
  17. Has few or no personal possessions.
  18. Is not in control of his/her own money, has no financial records, or bank accounts.
  19. Is not in control of his/her own identification documents.
  20. Is not allowed or able to speak for him/herself.
  21. Has an attorney that he/she doesn't seem to know or to have agreed to receive representation services from.
  22. Has been branded by a trafficker with a tattoo or other marking.
  23. Claims to be "just visiting" and is unable to clarify where he/she is staying or to provide an address.
  24. Exhibits a lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or does not know what city he/she is in.
  25. Exhibits a lost sense of time.
  26. Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story. Source: Polaris Project

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