#minorsextrafficking | How can we detect and report human trafficking? Ask the lawyer – Daily Breeze


Q: Can you please get the word out – human trafficking must be combatted! There are signs people can look for and report.

F.M., Santa Monica

A: The signs of human trafficking may include: an appearance of violence, unexplained bruises, black eyes, cuts or marks; behaviors such as fear, anxiety, depression, hyper vigilance, nervousness; someone who is easily startled, agitated or afraid; an individual unsure of where she or he is; a person not in control of money or documents; a person accompanied by an older “boyfriend” or other “companion”; he or she is dressed to look older or not appropriate to the actual weather or situation; or a name or symbol is tattooed or branded on the chest, arm or neck.

If you think human trafficking is occurring, there are a number of options, including: (a) Call 1-888-373-7888; and/or call 911; (b) and/or text 233733; (c) report a tip online at humantraffickinghotline.org; (d) chat with the National Human Trafficking Hotline at humantraffickinghotline.org; (e) report missing children or child pornography to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678), or through their Cybertipline.



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