What can I do?
Know the indicators and red flags!
Sex Trafficking indicators
- Chronic missing/homeless youth
- Excess amount of cash in their possession (may be reluctant to explain its source)
- Hotel keys and key cards
- Lying about age/false ID
- Inconsistencies when describing and recounting events
- Unable or unwilling to give local address or information about parent(s)/guardian
- Presence or fear of another person (often an older male or boyfriend who seems controlling)
- High number of reported sexual partners at a young age
- Sexually explicit profiles on social networking sites
- Injuries/signs of physical abuse (that they may be reluctant to explain)
- Inability or fear of social interaction
- Demeanor exhibiting fear, anxiety, depression, submissiveness, tenseness, nervousness
- Is not enrolled in school or repeated absence from school
- Does not consider self a victim
- Loyalty to or/and positive feelings toward pimp/trafficker
- Prepaid cell phone
Labor Trafficking indicators
- Family relationships not clear (may or may not present as formal guardian)
- Child may not be the child of "parent" in the home
- No evidence of legal guardian
- Works for "aunt" or "uncle"
- Excluded from family events (e.g., church, vacations, parties)
- Physically exhausted; works long hours
- Child is fearful of family he/she lives with
- Child is responsible for child care, elder care, or cleaning--often hidden as "chores“
- Does not have access to their personal identification documents (e.g., ID card, social security card, drivers license)
- Does not participate in normal age appropriate activities
- Working environment is the same as their living environment
REALIZE. RECOGNIZE. RESPOND.
Call the Nebraska Adult & Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline 1-800-652-1999 or Local Law Enforcement to report suspicious activities that may look like trafficking situations.