What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is a crime that involves the exploitation of a person for the purpose of compelled labor or a commercial sex act. Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery.
Ohio is ranked 5th in the US for number of cases of sex trafficking
Common examples of trafficking cases: prostitution, stripping, pornography, forced begging, magazine crews, au pairs or nannies, restaurant work, hair and nail salons, massage parlors, agricultural work, and drug sales.
- Appearance of physical/sexual abuse
- Scripted/rehearsed answers to casual questions
- He or she appears very young and fearful/overly submissive
- Demonstrates a sudden change in attire, personal hygiene, relationships, or material possessions
- An older male at a hotel with a younger female whom she calls “daddy.” Look for tattoos of man’s name or slang name
- Someone not allowed going into public alone or speaking for themselves
- Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
- Fearful or anxious about topic of law enforcement
- Person is “just visiting” and won’t tell anyone a permanent address
- Person is unsure where they are or able to say where they have been recently
- You see a young person at a truck stop. Children generally don’t go to truck stops
How Do I Report a Suspected Incidence of Human Trafficking?
• In the case of an immediate emergency, call your local police department or emergency access number.
• To report suspected human trafficking crimes or to get help from law enforcement, call toll- free (24/7) 1- 866-347-2423 or submit a tip online at www.ice.gov/tips.
• To report suspected trafficking crimes, get help, or learn more about human trafficking from a nongovernmental organization, call the toll-free (24/7) National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1- 888-373-7888.
• To report sexually exploited or abused minors, call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST, or report incidents at http://www.cybertipline.org.