Indicators of Human Trafficking

Indicators of Human Trafficking

  • DND for 2 or more days is an immediate alert*

  • Sex Trafficking Room is paid for with cash or pre-paid card

  • Room requested with view of parking lot

  • Heavy foot traffic in and out of room whereby female remains the constant and visitors come and go *

  • Dressed inappropriately for the climate*

  • Frequent requests for new linens and towels *

  • Presence of excessive alcohol, drugs, or No control of money, identification, or phone Exhibits fearful, anxious, or submissive behavior*sex paraphernalia

  • No knowledge of current or past whereabouts

  • Signs of physical or sexual abuse*

  • Signs of poor hygiene, malnourishment, or fatigue

  • No freedom of movement or monitored movement

  • No control of money, identification, or phone Exhibits fearful, anxious, or submissive behavior*


Every situation is unique all or none of these indicators may be present in a particular human trafficking situation. However, if several of these indicators are present, it may be reason to contact the MSCW Helpline for further assessment.

Responding to Human Trafficking Situations If you believe you have identified a potential trafficking situation, it is important to assess the immediate safety and welfare of the potential victims, guests, and staff. If you have witnessed or been informed there were incidents or threats of violence, alert security and/or law enforcement. If you have the opportunity to speak with the victim alone, ask if they would like assistance and provide them the MSCW Helpline number.