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Signs of Trafficking

Identifying trafficking is the first step to stopping it. Understanding the signs to look out for could help the most vulnerable people within your community.


Significant Signs

There are a number of signs that are common across all types of exploitation. Including, if a person:

  • acts as if instructed by another, as though they are forced or coerced to carry out specific activities

  • demonstrates signs of physical or psychological abuse, such as lacking self esteem, seeming anxious, bruising or untreated medical conditions

  • seems to be bonded by debt or has money deducted from their salary

  • has little or no contact with family or loved ones

  • is distrustful of authorities

  • has threats made against themselves or family members

  • is not in possession of their own legal documents

Specific Signs

Many of the main types of exploitation have significant signs that are specific to them. These include:

  • Sexual Exploitation

  • Labour Exploitation

  • Domestic Servitude

  • Forced Marriage

  • Forced Criminality

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