A victim of labor trafficking may be…
- Not free to leave.
- Not in control of their own identification, money, or communication devices.
- Unpaid, paid very little or paid through tips only.
- Work excessively long or unusual hours.
- Owe a large debt to their employer.
- Recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of the work.
- Lack general knowledge of the area.
- Subject to unusal security measures, such as locks outside of their doors.
- Fearful of authority figures.
- Showing signs of restraint or abuse.
- In possession of few or no personal items.
- Not allowed to speak for themselves.
- Controlled by their employer in a variety of ways, from transportation to food and housing.
- Lacking healthcare or not reporting injuries at work.
Questions To Ask
Do you suspect someone may be a victim of human trafficking? Here are some helpful questions to consider, if you have the chance to ask.
Who Are You?
- Do you have your ID?
- Are you married or do you have children? If so, where are they?
Who Do You Work For?
- Do you know their name?
- Who pays for your tools, vehicles, bed, food?
Do You Know Where You Are?
- State, City, building, business?
- Does your family know where you are?
How Did You Get Here?
- What type of transportation did you take?
- What vehicle were you transported in?
- Who brought you here?
Where Do You Live?
- Do you live on premises?
- Do you pay rent?
- How long have you lived there?
- How often do you move?
- Do you have a key to your apartment/house?
- Does your employer provide the housing?
Are You Legally Able To Work Here?
- How old are you?
- Do you have a professional license?
How Are You Paid?
- Do you receive a paycheck that you get to keep?
- Are you paid only through tips?
What Would Happen If You Left?
- Do you have access to a phone?
- Do you have access to a computer?
- Are you able to receive mail?
- Is there someone who monitors your movements?
- Do you have a key to your home?