Signs & Actions

Indicators of Trafficking

Source: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

 

Behavioral Indicators:

  • Child has a significant change in behavior, including increased virtual behavior or associates with a new group of friends
  • Child appears frightened, resistant, or belligerent to law enforcement
  • Child looks to others before answering questions
  • Child does not ask for help or resists offers to get out of the situatio
  • Child lies about age or identity
  • Child seems coached in talking to law enforcement
  • Child uses trafficking-related terms like “trick”, “the life” or “the game”

 

Physical Indicators:

  • Child has multiple cell phones
  • Child has large amounts of cash or pre-paid credit cards
  • Child has no ID, or ID is held by another person
  • Multiple children are present with an unrelated male or female
  • Child has unusual/unexplained sexual paraphernalia
  • Child has a name or symbol tattooed, burned or branded onto their body
  • Child has hotel keys, receipts, or other items from a hotel/motel
  • Presence of an overly controlling “boyfriend”
  • Child has an appearance that does not fit their current situation (e.g. homeless youth who has electronics, new clothes, or hair/nails done)

See something suspicious? Report it.
Locally:

Call 911 or the local non-emergency line

Contact Bridge Collaborative Community Advocates
24-hour hotline at 1-855-400-CSEC

Call the Organization of Prostitution Survivors 2
4-hour hotline at 206-853-6243


Nationally:

Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at
1-888-373-7888

Contact National Missing and Exploited Children at
1-800-843-5678

 

Contact

Contact your representatives to share your support for the Safe Harbor bill (HB1175/SB 5744).

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