The following scenarios might be red flags for relationships or jobs that may develop into human trafficking. One or more of these may indicate that an individual is at-risk for sex or labor trafficking. This list is not exhaustive.
The Intimate Partner or Employer:
- Comes on very strongly and promises things that seem too good to be true – i.e. promises extremely high wages for easy work.
- Expects that you will agree to the employment or relationship on the spot, and threatens that otherwise the opportunity will be lost.
- Is unclear about the terms of employment, location of employment and/or the company details/credentials. Partner/employer denies access to information about your rights.
- Denies contact with friends or family or attempts to isolate you from your social network.
- Constantly checks on you and does not allow you access to your money.
- Asks you to do things outside of your comfort zone such as performing sexual favors for friends.
- Displays signs/characteristics of a dangerous person including: attempts to control movement and behaviors, exhibits jealousy, lashes out or delivers punishment in response to noncompliance, is verbally/emotionally/physically abusive.
- Uses threats or displays of violence to create a culture of fear.