The locations and settings where trafficking occurs do not always appear suspicious. For instance, trafficking could be occurring at places frequently visited by the public such as restaurants or hotels.
It is important to remember that the key indicators of this crime may not be in the setting itself, but in the conditions and circumstances of the individual being exploited.
It is not possible to determine a situation of human trafficking based upon a single indicator.
Below is a list of indicators – or ‘red flags’ – to look for. A case of human trafficking usually exhibits more than one, but not all, of the following indicators:
If any of these indicators are present, further inquiry should be made to determine a situation of human trafficking.
A crucial aspect of recognizing the crime is in discerning the elements of human trafficking from the apparently "normal" behaviors that disguise it. The more complicated cases appear to be unattached to any criminal behavior. Therefore, the more training, education, and experience we all have, the less likely a case of human trafficking will go undetected or ignored.
No community is immune. People are exploited through false promises, lies and deception. Anyone can be a victim.
It is not possible to determine a situation of human trafficking based upon any single indicator. The most complicated cases of trafficking had much of a very “normal” appearance, it’s well hidden and disguised with typical behaviors.