What is Human Trafficking?

Definition

According to The Polaris Project, human trafficking is modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. As defined under U.S. federal law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of “labor or services,” such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will.

How would you know if someone was being trafficked?

  • Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
  • Is under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts
  • Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
  • Was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work
  • High security measures exist in the work and/or living locations (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)
  • Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture
  • Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records/bank account
  • Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)
  • Claims of just visiting and inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address
  • Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or do not know what city he/she is in

What resources are available to me if I suspect trafficking of any kind: labor, indentured servant, sex

NHTRC phone

  • National Human Trafficking Hotline: Call 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733). The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available from anywhere in the country, 24/7.
  • Quincy Police Department: Call 617-479-1212