Human Trafficking: Slavery out of the Shadows

Thousands of women, children and men are being forced into labor or prostitution in our state.

These victims live in the shadows because so many of us do not even realize these modern day slaves exist at all—let alone so close to home.

You can help stop the abuse. Learn how to identify the signs, report suspected trafficking, and get informed on state legislation.

Know the Signs

Knowing the signs is the first step to helping victims of human trafficking.

  • Does the person appear fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, or paranoid?
  • Has the person experienced a dramatic change in behavior?
  • Does the person defer to another or does he or she seem to be controlled?
  • Does the person show signs of physical or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement or torture?
  • Does the person lack personal possessions or appear to lack a stable living condition?
  • Does the person have freedom of movement? Can the person freely leave where they live? Are there unreasonable security measures?

The presence or absence of the signs above is not definitive proof of human trafficking. Visit for a more detailed list.

Report Abuse

You can save a life by knowing the signs and reporting suspected abuse to law enforcement.

Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 to get local assistance. The toll-free number is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign website to learn how to identify a victim of human trafficking and report the abuse.