A Caring World


Recognizing the Signs of Modern Slavery


Common Work and Living Conditions: The Individual(s) in Question

. Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
. Is under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts
. Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp / manager
. Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
. Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
. Is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work
. Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off
. 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.)

Poor Mental Health or Abnormal Behavior

. Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
. Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement
. Avoids eye contact

Poor Physical Health

. Lacks health care
. Appears malnourished . Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture

Lack of Control

. Has few or no personal possessions
. Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records, or bank account
. Is not in control of his/her own identification documents (ID or passport)
. Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)

Other

. 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
. Loss of sense of time
. Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story

Source:
Information above cut and pasted from Polaris with permission. Webpage: https://www.polarisproject.org/human-trafficking/recognizing-the-signs Polaris' Homepage: https://www.polarisproject.org/index.php
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