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.