Can You Identify A Trafficked Person?

Published on 31 December 2013

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by Office of the Spokesperson


Washington, D.C.

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Some 12 million to 27 million people are being held in slavery around the world today, according to information provided by the U.S. State Department.

Trafficked persons are exploited for labor and sex. They work in factories and on farms. They clean offices and private homes. You might be seeing them yourself in the course of your day, but could you identify them?

To help raise awareness of the widespread problem of human trafficking, the State Department, in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security, has developed a short online course called Human Trafficking Awareness Training: "TIP 101".

It identifies a variety of “red flags” that indicate a person might be trafficked. For example, a person fearful of talking to others and not allowed to socialize with friends or family may be under threat from traffickers. Deplorable working and living conditions may show in a trafficked person’s physical appearance — bruises, for example, or signs of malnutrition and lack of medical care.

“TIP 101” also identifies where to call for help. Take the course here.


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Posted 2013-12-31 14:40:00