January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month – a time dedicated to raise awareness about human trafficking and educate the public about how to identify and prevent it.

Everyone has the potential to discover a human trafficking situation. Knowing indicators of human trafficking will help you act on your gut feeling that something is wrong and report it.

As national leaders in child well-being, Children’s Home Society of Florida is sharing warning signs to look for that can alert you to a potential trafficking situation.

Human trafficking indicators and warning signs:

  • Person seems overly fearful, submissive, tense, or paranoid
  • Person demonstrates signs of physical or psychological abuse, such as lacking self-esteem, seeming anxious, bruising or untreated medical condition
  • Person seems to be bonded by debt or has money deducted from their salary
  • Person has little or no contact with family or loved ones
  • Person is not in possession of their own legal documents
  • Person has threats made against themselves or family members
  • Person is distrustful of authorities

To report a tip of suspected sex trafficking call the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1(888)-373-7888.