Red Flags for Human Trafficking
Traffickers control others through threats of violence or deportation, withholding of identification or other documents. They may also provide drugs or alcohol, engage in verbal abuse or threaten to return youth to an abusive home. They operate by familiarity with the system and the community and may make direct or implied threats to family members. Withholding of food, water, affection or privileges may also be used.
Here are some red flags for human trafficking: 1. A highly controlled work setting, failure to pay wages, forcing work to pay a debt 2. Withholding of personal identification documents 3. Threats of, or actual verbal, physical or sexual abuse by an employer; refusal to treat work-related injuries 4. Forced illegal activity for profit, especially involving LGBT, foreign national, and other at-risk populations (e.g., prostitution, drug smuggling/sales) 5. Mistreatment of children or other relatives involving restriction of movement, domestic servitude, servile marriage and/or forced illegal activity.