Identifying a victim of sex trafficking can be difficult because in many cases, victims don't actually recognize the trafficker as a predator. Far too often, we hear people say, "Human trafficking doesn't happen here in America" or "That only happens in big cities." Unfortunately, that's simply not the case.
North Carolina is among the Top 10 states in the nation for human trafficking, largely due to our major highways running to and from major crime hubs. There are several warning signs that can be indicators of human trafficking. By knowing these signs, you could help identify a victim and ultimately, save a life.
COMMON WARNING SIGNS:
Warning Signs Specific to Children or Teens:
If you believe that you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP to BeFree (233733).