Certain occupations lead people into contact with human trafficking victims more often than others.
Educating yourself and your co-workers can lead to trafficking cases being reported more often.
ARE YOU A TRUCK DRIVER?
As trafficking victims, children especially, are being moved between locations it is not uncommon for them to be instructed to approach and offer themselves to drivers at truck stops. The secluded areas and solo travelers have created an sub-industry in the sex trafficking trade. But truck drivers have recreated their reputation as buyers and are known now for their advocacy against slavery. Many stories are available of victims saved because a truck driver reported suspicious or flat out illegal behavior at truck stops. Be sure to know the signs of human trafficking and consider connecting with Truckers Against Trafficking, one of the most renowned anti-trafficking organizations.
Additional signs to look out for:
If the individual in question:
• Appear distressed, coerced, or injured
• Have few or no personal possessions carried in small or plastic bags
• Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
• Is being isolated or shielded from view.
• Lacks of knowledge of whereabouts
• Has lost their sense of time
• Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story
• Is fearful, anxious, depressed, tense, nervous or paranoid
• Exhibits anxious behavior upon discussing engaging law enforcement
• Avoids eye contact
• Appears malnourished
• Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture
• Has few or no personal possessions
• Is not in control of his/her own money
• Is not in control of his/her own identification documents
• Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)
• Is given information, including a name and/or back story, to memorize and or relate
• Appears to be drugged
• Is dressed in shabby clothes, but travels with adults who are well dressed