Signs of Trafficking

Hotel and motel employees are often in the best position to see potential signs of human trafficking, especially since your duties give you access to different areas of the properties. You may also have direct or indirect contact with both traffickers and victims.
GENERAL INDICATORS  Individuals show signs of fear, anxiety, tension, submission, and/or nervousness.  Individuals show signs of physical abuse, restraint, and/or confinement.  Individuals exhibit evidence of verbal threats, emotional abuse, and/or being treated in a demeaning way.  Individuals show signs of malnourishment, poor hygiene, fatigue, sleep deprivation, untreated illness, injuries, and/or unusual behavior.  Individuals lack freedom of movement or are constantly monitored.  Individuals avoid eye contact and interaction with others.
 Individuals have no control over or possession of money or ID.  Individuals dress inappropriately for their age or have lower quality clothing compared to others in their party.  Individuals have few or no personal items—such as no luggage or other bags.  Individuals appear to be with a significantly older “boyfriend” or in the company of older males.  A group of girls appears to be traveling with an older female or male.  A group of males or females with identical tattoos in similar locations. This may indicate “branding” by a trafficker.
Each indicator alone may not necessarily mean a person is being trafficked.
Do not at any time attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to your suspicions.

Call 9-1-1 for emergency situations—threats of violence, physical assault, emergency medical needs, etc.

Follow your corporate protocol, such as by notifying management and security.

Call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE (1-866-347-2423) to report suspicious criminal activity to federal law enforcement. Highly trained specialists take reports from both the public and law enforcement agencies. Submit a tip at

To get help from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), call 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733).

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