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Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a crime where traffickers use the act of trickery, force, or coercion of victims to provide labor, services or sexual services. The coercion can be made both physically or emotionally. Victims can be anyone—race, color, disabilities, age, gender, socioeconomic status, citizenship status or education level.

If you suspect or are knowledgeable about human trafficking, call 1-888-373-7888 or 911 or TEXT 233733.

Signs of Human Trafficking

  • Appearing malnourished
  • Showing signs of physical injuries and abuse
  • Avoiding eye contact, social interaction, and authority figures/law enforcement
  • Seeming to adhere to scripted or rehearsed responses in social interaction
  • Lacking official identification documents
  • Appearing destitute/lacking personal possessions
  • Working excessively long hours
  • Living at place of employment
  • Checking into hotels/motels with older males, and referring to those males as boyfriend or “daddy,” which is often street slang for pimp
  • Poor physical or dental health 
  • Tattoos/ branding on the neck and/or lower back
  • Untreated sexually transmitted diseases
  • Small children serving in a family restaurant
  • Security measures that appear to keep people inside an establishment - barbed wire inside of a fence, bars covering the insides of windows
  • Not allowing people to go into public alone, or speak for themselves

Helpful Links

Speak Up NC

Report Cards on Child & Youth Sex Trafficking- Shared Hope

North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission

True Justice International

Shield North Carolina -Defense Against Trafficking

NC - Stop Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking Hotline

Safe Horizon - Human Trafficking Statistics & Facts

DHS Wear Blue Campaign

Lighthouse for Life

Doors to Freedom

National Hotline for Human Trafficking Myths & Facts

Human Trafficking Hotline - North Carolina Facts & Statistics

North Carolina Missing Persons

Just Ask - Human Trafficking Prevention

Youth For Tomorrow


Human Trafficking Hotline

Polaris Project

US Department of State - Human Trafficking Division

US Department of Health & Human Services - Human Trafficking

End Human Trafficking - Barack Obama Whitehouse


January Human Trafficking Downloads