Human trafficking and child sexual exploitation

How can you spot if someone may be vulnerable and being exploited?

There are various tell-tale signals to look for. One sign on its own does not mean someone has been trafficked, but several signs together should give you cause for concern. A person may potentially be vulnerable if they:

  • do not know their home or work address
  • allows others to speak for them when addressed directly
  • live or travel in a group, sometimes with other people who do not speak the same language
  • are collected very early and/or returned late at night on a regular basis
  • have inappropriate clothing for the work they are performing and/or a lack of safety equipment
  • show signs of injury or malnourishment
  • are isolated from the community and/or appear to be under the control or influence of others
  • have no cash of their own