Poiema Foundation - Education and Public Awareness of Human Trafficking

How to Recognize a Victim of Human Trafficking

There is no stereotypical victim; however, many do share one or more of the following RED FLAGS:
  • Burns or scars
  • Malnourished or hungry
  • Varied stages of bruising
  • Branding or tattoos, such as a $, a barcode, or “Daddy”
  • Signs of alcohol or drug addiction
  • Withdrawn, depressed, and fearful
  • Inappropriately dressed for the season
  • Inconsistent stories
  • Frequent or unexplained absences
  • Frequent travel to other cities
  • Always accompanied by an older, controlling boyfriend or woman; or has a boyfriend 10+ years older
  • Talks about sexual situations beyond what is normal for their age
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