TOPIC: Human Trafficking and Social Workers (incorporate some of the information I’ve found below in the paper)
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How do you know if Human Trafficking is happening in your community?
Recognizing potential red flags and knowing the indicators of Human Trafficking is a key step in identifying more victims and helping them find the assistance they need.
Common Work and Living Conditions: The individual(s) in question
•Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
•Is under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts
•Is over 18 in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp / manager
•Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
•Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
•Is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work
•Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off
•Was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work
•High security measures exist in the work and/or living locations (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)
Poor Mental Health or Abnormal Behavior
•Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
•Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement
•Avoids eye contact
Poor Physical Health
•Lacks health care
•Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture
Lack of Control
•Has few or no personal possessions
•Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records, or bank account
•Is not in control of his/her own identification documents (ID or passport)
•Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)
•Claims of just visiting and inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address
•Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or do not know what city he/she is in
•Loss of sense of time
•Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story
This list was pulled from the Polaris Project Website and is not exhaustive and represents only a selection of possible indicators. Also, the red flags in this list may not be present in all trafficking cases and are not cumulative.
Remember- Both males and females can be trafficking victims and transport across city, county, state or international does NOT have to occur for it to be human trafficking.
If you suspect someone may be a trafficking victim and they are under the age of 18, please report this abuse to the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE (22873).
If they are over 18, then report the case to Law Enforcement or the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-3737-888
The following websites can provide additional training and resource information on human trafficking: