Sex Trafficking Resources
If you are in immediate danger, call 911. For free, confidential help and support, call the Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888.
A victim of sex trafficking is someone who has been recruited, harbored, transported, or otherwise coerced, through force or fraud, to perform commercial sex work. Anyone under the age of 18 involved with the commercial sex industry is also considered a victim of human trafficking, regardless of how they ended up in that situation. It does not matter if there was initial consent on the victims behalf to partake in commercial sex, if their abusers later coerced, tricked, or otherwise forced the victim into continuing to work against their will; it is still sex trafficking. Tactics that traffickers use to target victims include violence, threats, false promises, debt bondage, and other forms of control and manipulation. Women, men, and children are also coerced into the organized crime of sex trafficking through fake romantic relationships, a false sense of family, promises of a better life in a new country, extremely promising job offers in far away places, and more situations that at first may seem too good to be true. The goal of the trafficker is to get the victim as vulnerable as possible before taking advantage of them and trapping them in a situation that they do not want to be in.
Sex trafficking often hides itself in plain sight, as massage parlors or even manufacturing plants; it can also be found on city streets, in truck stops, in restaurants, in bars and clubs, and hotels and motels. It can survive anywhere that there is a demand for commercial sex work.
It's important to consider that a victim of sex trafficking might not appear to be a victim or endangered in any way. Too often, they are unable or afraid to ask for help from fear of being hurt by their captors. Many victims are also afraid of seeking the help that they need because they are told that what they are doing is illegal and they could be in serious trouble with the law, or even deported in some cases. Many do not know that they are the victims, not the perpetrators of a crime, which makes all the difference. These victims remain victims too often, which is why you need to learn what to look for and why we need to raise awareness.
What to Look ForExamples of red flags are when a person . . .
If you suspect that someone is a victim of human trafficking, do not hesitate to contact one of the resources below.
Human Trafficking Resources