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.

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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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