In 2019, the National Human Trafficking Hotline reported more than 4,600 human trafficking victims in the state of Georgia.
Human trafficking has become known for “hiding in plain sight.” Raising public awareness and learning how to identify red flags is the first step to ending this abusive crime.
United Way of Greater Atlanta (UWGA) has created a 20-minute training program to teach members of the community about human trafficking, the signs of what it looks like, and what to do if you witness someone being trafficked. Their goal is to train 50,000 individuals with this program by the end of 2020.
In addition to training, UWGA has created an informative flyer listing possible signs indicating that a youth may be a victim of sex trafficking and what witnesses should do to help. The flyer also includes a hotline for victims or witnesses to call for help.
Possible Signs of Sex Trafficking
According to UWGA, a combination of the following signs may indicate that a youth is or may be a victim of sex trafficking.
- Not allowed or able to speak for themselves
- Bruises, black eye, cuts, or other signs of physical trauma
- Signs of emotional trauma including fear, anxiety, tension or nervousness
- Special marked tattoos or brands
- Accumulation of new clothes, shoes, jewelry or cell phones
- No identification or cannot control their identification
- Significantly older boyfriend or girlfriend
- Chronic history of running away or homelessness
- Multiple STDs/STIs
- Family history in the commercial sex industry
- Explicitly sexual online presence
What You Should Do After Observing These Signs
If you believe you have observed signs of sex trafficking, the United Way of Greater Atlanta warns good Samaritans not to approach traffickers. Record the following information and contact local law enforcement.
- Description of cars (make, model, color, license number)
- Description of people (height, weight, hair color, eye color, age)
- Specific times and dates
- Address and locations of suspicious activity
- Photographs if possible
Reporting this information to the hotlines below allows support and rescue organizations to identify trends and patterns.
- Georgia Cares 24-hour hotline 1-844-8GA-DMST
- Text “HELP” to 233733
- National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888
If you know someone who has been a victim of sex trafficking, experienced trial attorney Pat McDonough can help them find justice. Mr. McDonough seeks civil justice by going after hotels and motels that provide safe haven for traffickers. There are no costs to the survivor. Reach out for your free, 100% confidential, consultation: 404.490.2269 | firstname.lastname@example.org.