How to Recognize the Signs

  • Is the person accompanied by someone who seems controlling or abusive?
  • Do they have to ask permission to eat, sleep or go to the bathroom?
  • Is the person rarely allowed in public? Can they go out in public alone?
  • Do they have more than one cell phone?
  • Can you detect physical or psychological abuse?
  • Is someone else collecting their pay or holding their money for "safe keeping"?

Keep in mind that many victims have a strong sense of distrust and do not see themselves as victims. Being discrete is essential as their trafficker is likely near by.  If you see someone that appears to need help, please contact the National Trafficking Hotline (1.888.3737.888)

Laws Against Trafficking

  • Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA)
  • Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2013
  • California Trafficking Victims Protection Act
  • Find California Trafficking Legislation here