January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Increasing public awareness is essential to the impact of the anti-human trafficking movement.

Here are some human trafficking signs and indicators:

  • Appears to be living at place of work
  • Scripted/rehearsed answers to casual questions
  • Not free to leave or come and go as he/she pleases
  • Unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
  • Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
  • High security measures exist in the work and/or living locations (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras)
  • Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off
  • Was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of the work
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Shows signs of physical abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture
  • Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement • Appears malnourished Has few or no personal possessions
  • Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records, or bank account
  • Is not in control of his/her own identification documents (ID or passport)

Source: humantrafficking.ohio.gov

If you would like to learn more or know someone who may need support, please call COMPASS at 330-782-5664. Our Rape Crisis, Youth Shelter, and Domestic Violence Program can provide assistance.