We live in a society where concern over giving offense often outweighs the desire to ask questions when things look out of place. There are several red flags that should cause us to ask. Recognizing these tell tails and having the courage to ask questions could be the rescue that victims are seeking.
1. Is the person in question living with his or her employer?
2. Are the living conditions very poor?
3. Are there several people living in a cramped space?
4. Is it not possible to speak to the individual alone?
5. Do answers feel scripted or rehearsed?
6. Is the employer holding identity documents?
7. Are there signs of physical abuse?
8. Is there demeanor fearful or overly submissive?
If you are confronted with a situation where one or more of these flags are present, you need to ask some questions. Below are some sample questions to help determine the situation.
1. Can you leave your job if you want to?
2. Can you come and go as you please?
3. Have you been hurt or threatened if you tried to leave?
4. Has your family been threatened?
5. Do you live with your employer?
6. Where do you sleep and eat?
7. Are you in debt to your employer?
8. Do you have your passport/identification? Who has it?
We can't pretend that trafficking is a third world problem anymore. It is happening in suburban America, in our neighborhoods. One of the keys to stopping the trafficking pandemic is to eliminate the fear of offense. See the situation, ask the questions, get the help.
In an emergency situation, 911 is the best option, but there are other assets and resources, call 1-888-3737 for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.
On May 16th, there is a one time event coming to theaters to highlight not only the problem of trafficking, but also a group that is actively fighting this horrendous crime. Click Here to see the trailer and get your tickets. Its the first step to overcoming the fear of offense.