Indicators of trafficking

 Indicators of trafficking

Many situations we see in our daily lives might contain signs of a case of trafficking in persons. Some might seem trivial; others might seem too shocking or even dangerous. But to put an end to trafficking in persons, we all must get involved.
Stand up against human trafficking. Stay alert for these signs and, if you notice anything, alert the authorities.

Forced labor

  • Workers living in overcrowded accommodations;

  • Living in inappropriate or improvised places;

  •  Have no choice of where to live;

  • Not free to leave the workplace by themselves;

  • Unable to move freely;

  • Subject to security measures designed to keep them in the workplace;

  • Wearing clothes not adequate for the work they are doing; 

  • Working without appropriate tools or protective gear;

  • Punished by fines;

  • Subject to insults, abuse, threats or violence;

  • Lacking access to basic training and professional licenses.

Sexual exploitation

  • Move from one brothel to the next or work in various locations;

  • Be escorted whenever they go to and return from work, shops etc.;

  • Have tattoos or other marks indicating “ownership” by their exploiters;

  • Work long hours or have few if any days off;

  • Sleep where they work;

  • Live or travel in a group, sometimes with other women who do not speak the

    same language;

  • Have very few items of clothing;

  • Have clothes that are mostly the kind typically worn for doing sex work;

  • Only know how to say sex-related words in the local language or in the language

    of the client group;

  • Have no cash of their own;

  • Be unable to show an identity document.

Domestic servitude

  • Domestic workers living with a family;

  • Not allowed to eat with the rest of the family;

  • Have no private space;

  • Sleep in a shared or inappropriate space;

  • Reported missing by their employer even though they are still living in their

  • employer’s house;

  • Never or rarely leave the house for social reasons;

  • Never leave the house without their employer;

  • Have no vacation days;

  • Given only leftovers to eat;

  • Subjected to insults, abuse, threats or violence.

Forced begging and petty crime

  • Children, elderly persons or disabled migrants begging in public places or public


  • Having physical impairments that appear to be the result of mutilation;

  • Large groups of children who have the same adult guardian;

  • Moving daily in large groups and over considerable distances;

  • Children without their parents who have been “found” by an adult of the same

    nationality or ethnicity;

  • Moving in groups while travelling on public transport: for example, walking up

    and down the length of trains;

  • Punished if they do not collect or steal enough;

  • Children living as gang members, with adults who are not their parents. 

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