If you see something suspicious, report it. One phone call could save someone’s life.
If someone is in immediate danger, call 911 right away.
National Human Trafficking Resource Center
1-888-3737-888 | Text to BeFree (233733)
Call anonymously to leave a tip, report the situation or receive specialized victim services referrals. Information will be passed on to the appropriate local authorities. The hot line is available to answer calls and texts from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.
Clearwater/Tampa Bay Area Task Force on Human Trafficking
If you live within the Tampa Bay area, contact the Task Force directly to leave a tip or report suspicious activity.
Recognizing the Signs
Are you or someone you know being trafficked?
The following is a list of potential red flags and indicators of human trafficking to help you recognize the signs, courtesy of the Polaris Project. If you see any of these red flags, contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at the information listed above.
Please note, this list is not exhaustive and represents only a selection of possible indicators. Also, the red flags in this list may not be present in all trafficking cases and are not cumulative.
Common Work and Living Conditions:
The individual(s) in question is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
Is under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp / manager
Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
Works excessively long and/or unusual hours Is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work
Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off
Was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work
High security measures exist in the work and/or living locations (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)
Poor Mental Health or Abnormal Behavior
Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement
Avoids eye contact
Poor Physical Health
Lacks health care
Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture
Lack of Control
Has few or no personal possessions
Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records, or bank account
Is not in control of his/her own identification documents (ID or passport)
Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)
Claims of just visiting and inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address
Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or do not know what city he/she is in
Loss of sense of time
Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story
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