Status offenses are act committed by juveniles that would NOT be a crime if committed by an adult, for example, running away.
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Recognizing the Signs
Young girls are forced to sell sex by knocking on cab doors at truck stops.
Are you or someone you know being trafficked? Is human trafficking happening in your community? Is the situation you may have encountered actually human trafficking?
The following is a list of potential red flags and indicators of human trafficking to help you recognize the signs.
If you see any of these red flags, contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at 1-888-3737-888 to report the situation. This list 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.
Common Work and Living Conditions:
The Individual(s) in Question
Is not free to leave or come and go as he or she wishes Is under 18
and is providing commercial sex acts
Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp or manager I
Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips Works
excessively long 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 or her work
High security measures exist in the work, 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 or
Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law
Avoids eye contact Poor Physical Health Lacks health care
Shows signs of physical abuse, sexual abuse, physical restraint,
confinement, or torture
Lack of Control
Has few or no personal possessions Is not in control of his or her own
money, no financial records, or bank account Is not in control of his or
her own identification documents (ID or passport)
Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may
insist on being present)
Other Claims of just visiting and inability to clarify where he or she
Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and do not know what city he or she
Loss of sense of time
Has numerous inconsistencies in his or her story
Internet citation: Recognizing the Signs