Going On Vacation? Keep a Look Out for These 19 Signs of Possible Trafficking

Posted: July 6, 2015 in Getting Involved
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This summer while resting and relaxing on your vacation, keep an eye out for potential trafficking victims. You may just save someone’s life.

Criminals traffic victims from one location to another to avoid detection from authorities, keep their “merchandise fresh,” and keep their victims disoriented.

Human traffickers use the same modes of transportation and stops law-abiding individuals use while on vacation: planes, trains, busses, roadside rest stops, car rental agencies, restaurants, and bars.

As you travel, be on the lookout for the following signs of a potential victim.

At the airport/train station/bus terminal 

Someone who:

  • Is not in control of his/her travel documents
  • Appears disoriented, drunk, or drugged
  • Has few or no possessions carried in small or plastic bags
  • Does not make eye contact
  • Is not allowed to speak
  • Seems unsure of his/her final destination

Also be aware of:

  • Children who do not look comfortable with the person they are with
  • Young women traveling alone
  • Young girls dressed inappropriately for their age

At the hotel/motel

Behaviors that are suspicious are:

  • Rooms paid for with cash, customer not forthcoming with personal information
  • Individuals checking in that have no ID
  • Individuals begging from staff and patrons
  • Several men coming and going from one room throughout the day/night
  • Housekeeping/landscaping workers working excessively long hours, odd hours, or having no breaks

At roadside rest areas

Be aware of people who are…

  • Begging
  • Individuals hanging around the bathroom area

At amusement parks

Keep in mind that amusement parts are often the site for child abductions or a hand-off to a buyer.

Always Be Aware of These Signs

As always, if you see someone with bruises in different stages of healing; who looks malnourished, sick  or has bad hygiene; or who appears frightened and confused, please notify authorities.

The worse that can happen is a little delay, the best that can happen is that you rescue a victim from a trafficker’s grasp.

Program this hotline number into your cell phone before your vacation and be prepared to report suspicious behavior.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-3737-888.

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