MOVERS/IN-HOME DELIVERY

In-home delivery and moving professionals are in and out of homes and businesses and have the unique opportunity of being in neighborhoods and office parks in a way that many other commercial drivers are not. While they may see human trafficking taking place over the road (especially if they are doing cross-country moves), they may also have the ability to witness trafficking taking place in the cities and neighborhoods where they operate. Most notably, folks in the moving/in-home delivery space may literally be in homes that operate as residential brothels or homes where traffickers are keeping their victims.

To help you recognize human trafficking where it’s taking place, TAT has created this instructional video specifically for you. We invite you to take this training and learn how one simple phone call can potentially save a life.

I think the biggest thing for me, is that if one adult, even one, had made a call of what they suspected, even if they couldn’t prove it, my life would have changed drastically.

… If there could be one phone call made on behalf of another victim, if their nightmare could end one day sooner, it would be worth it.

-Liz, Survivor Leader

How to become TAT Trained as a moving and in-home delivery professional:

Company

Instructional Video: Watch our free instructional video and share it with your moving and in-home delivery professionals. Request a digital file from tat.truckers@gmail.com.

Know the Red Flags: Ask your team to download our app and/or request wallet cards for your drivers from tat.truckers@gmail.com. Download the Movers and In-Home Delivery tip sheets below and share them with your team.

Register: Register your company as trained to reflect your impact in the fight against trafficking and encourage others to do the same.

Individuals

Instructional Video: Watch our free instructional video and take the short quiz through our online portal. This will officially register you as TAT Trained/TAT Certified.

Know the Red Flags: Download our app and request a wallet card and window decal at tat.truckers@gmail.com.

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Share: Share TAT’s training with others in person and through social media.

TAT training has resulted in reports of hundreds of possible trafficking cases from truck drivers to the national hotline, leading to victim recoveries and the arrest of criminals. Check out our Harriet Tubman Award winners to hear the stories of those drivers who’ve directly supported the road to freedom for a victim of sex trafficking, and learn how you or someone on your team could be the next award winner!

There are four main scenarios in which moving and home delivery companies may be exposed to human trafficking. Below we have broken down each and listed some specific red flag indicators for each one. If human trafficking is ever suspected, please make an anonymous call to the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-3737-888. If you are witnessing a crime in progress, call 911.

On the Move

Whether the van operator is an OTR driver, or operating regionally/locally, many of the same red flags apply:

  • Any time you see a minor engage in a commercial sex act
  • Any time you believe you are witnessing someone under the control of a pimp, regardless of the age or gender of the victim
  • If a passenger vehicle pulls into the truck parking area of a rest area or truck stop and multiple people (usually females) get out of the vehicle and begin going from truck to truck
  • Any time you hear a suspected victim mentioning that he/she has to make a quota
  • People that seem to have a lack of knowledge of their surroundings or area
  • Someone that appears to have restricted or controlled communication or is unable to speak for her/himself
  • Suspected victims that have signs of branding (tattooing that would indicate ownership of a particular trafficker)

Labor Trafficking: Evidence of domestic servitude

Red flag indicators of potential labor trafficking may look like:

  • A bedroom or area separate from the rest of the family home that appears to be in a different condition (i.e., different standard of living, cleanliness, number of personal effects, etc.) than the other family bedrooms
      • Is there a mattress on the floor (or substandard arrangement) in the basement or garage that appears to be the bedroom area of a particular “family member”?
      • Are there multiple people living in close quarters that seem to have a different standard of living than other people in the household?
  • Evidence of excessive security at the home
  • A bedroom or part of the home that has a lock on the outside of the room, rather than the inside
  • Evidence that appears to indicate the person is only a guest in the home
  • Certain people at the property who are not as engaging as others in the family, as if they have been told not (or are unable) to communicate with the movers

Sex Trafficking: Residential brothel or home of exploitation

Movers and home delivery personnel may have the opportunity to witness signs of human trafficking taking place at a residential brothel or home of exploitation by either physically entering the home or noticing red flags going on in a neighborhood in which you are working. Red flags may look like:

Within the home of the job:

  • Evidence of bedrooms with locks on the outside of the door
  • An unusual amount of pornographic material or pornographic material that is overt and in your face
  • Evidence of lots of condoms (either new or used), especially in rooms that appear to be bedrooms of minor children
  • Evidence of video equipment in bedrooms or closets adjacent to bedrooms, especially bedrooms of minors
  • Overt evidence of drugs and/or weapons
  • Children that, when engaged, are not shy about using explicit language or bragging about sexual activity
  • Potential victims that have signs of branding

In the neighborhood of the job:

  • Lots of traffic (typically men) in and out of one particular residence over the course of the move
  • Extreme security measures at that particular home that appear out of place

Sex Trafficking: Home occupied by a trafficker and the women they are exploiting

Movers and home delivery personnel may also have the opportunity to notice human trafficking red flags if the job they are at is the home of the trafficker and his victim(s). In these situations, red flags may be:

  • Evidence of drugs/weapons
  • Evidence of porn and/or lots of condoms
  • A house with minimal furniture, especially in the bedrooms
  • Bedrooms that lack any personality or personal effects of the occupant
      • Does the occupant seem like a guest in the home?
      • Is the room sparsely furnished with perhaps only a suitcase of clothes in the room or the closet?
  • Windowless bedrooms or odd traffic patterns to the home (i.e., victims occupying back bedrooms that would have to pass by another bedroom that the suspected trafficker may occupy)
  • Multiple women’s clothing either in one bedroom or all bedrooms
      • Traffickers have also been known to keep the nicer, “working” clothes of their victims within their own bedrooms, so that they can dictate what a woman wears before going out
  • Multiple women in the home at the time of the move, perhaps trying to sleep during the mid-day move
  • Potential victims that have signs of branding
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