Signs of human trafficking and what to do if you suspect someone is being trafficked

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Human trafficking is happening everywhere and more often than most people expect, victim's advocate Kim Case told FOX4.

Case along with Emily Russell, who is a part of the Missouri Human Trafficking Task Force, joined FOX4 Wednesday, Jan. 24 to discuss what to look for if you suspect someone is being trafficking. They also shared what you can do.

Cornerstones of Care lists the following trafficking indicators:

  • They exhibit fear, tension, shame, humiliation, nervousness
  • They are involved with a ‘girlfriend’ or ‘boyfriend’ who is older, controlling, domineering, indulging
  • They have new material possessions (or services performed for them, like nails, hair extensions), unjustified by their income and acquired through someone other than a parent
  • They may have a tattoo that they are reluctant to explain (often a name on the neck or arm)
  • They have new friends and are reluctant to explain how they met
  • They have little knowledge of the community where they are located

If you suspect human trafficking, call the toll-free national human trafficking hotline at 1-888-373-7888 OR Text "HELP" or "INFO" to 233733.

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