Sex trafficking is a form of modern slavery that involves the exploitation of individuals for sexual purposes. During major events such as the Super Bowl, the demand for commercial sex rises, leading to an increase in sex trafficking. The signs of trafficking can include physical evidence of abuse, fear or anxious behavior, lack of control over personal identification and money, inability to move or leave a situation, and the presence of a controlling individual.
If you suspect that someone is being trafficked, it is important to reach out to the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888) or a local law enforcement agency for assistance.
The signs of sex trafficking can vary, but some common indicators include:
Physical evidence of abuse or restraint, such as bruises, cuts, or branding marks.
Fearful or anxious behavior, or avoidance of eye contact.
Lack of control over their own identification documents or money.
Inability to move or leave a job or situation due to threats, physical force, or other forms of control.
Inability to speak for themselves or lack of knowledge about their location.
Signs of drug dependence or malnutrition.
Living and working in unusual or inhumane conditions.
Presence of a controlling or abusive individual or individuals.
Evidence of recruitment through false promises of employment or education.
Unexplained absences from school or work.
It is important to note that these indicators can vary, and individuals who are being trafficked may not show all of these signs. Additionally, individuals who are being trafficked may not self-identify as victims or may be afraid to come forward due to fear of retaliation or stigma.