If you require immediate help, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888


No one should be forced, deceived, or pressured into work or sex acts.

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking happens in both legal, visible spaces and in illicit and often stigmatized settings.

It happens on our streets, at our businesses, and in our homes. It happens right here.

Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking occurs when someone is induced, through the use of force, fraud or coercion to engage in a commercial sex act, or when the person who is induced to perform a commercial sex act is under the age of 18.

A commercial sex act includes prostitution, pornography and sexual performance done in exchange for any item of value such as money, drugs, shelter, food or clothes.

Labor Trafficking

Labor trafficking occurs when someone is recruited, harbored, transported, provided, or obtained, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion, to work in situations of involuntary servitude, peonage, or debt bondage. These situations are far more common than imagined.

Labor services includes domestic servitude, agricultural work, restaurant work, panhandling, construction, landscaping, janitorial services, nail salons, traveling sales and others.

Do you need HELP?

24 Hour Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
Text: BEFREE (233733)
TTY: 711

* All communication with the hotline is strictly confidential.
Support is provided in more than 200 languages.

Do you have a TIP?

24 Hour Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
Text: BEFREE (233733)
TTY: 711

* All reports are confidential and you may remain anonymous.

Recognizing the Signs

General Indicators

  • Is under 18 years of age and is involved in commercial sex
  • Shares scripted or inconsistent history
  • Accompanied by an individual who does not let the person speak, refuses privacy or interrupts
  • Evidence of controlling or dominating relationships
  • Fearful or nervous behavior
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Unaware of location, date and time
  • Not in possession of ID/documents
  • Not in control of own money
  • Not being paid or wages are withheld

Recognizing Sex Trafficking

Any child under 18 who is involved in commercial sex is legally a victim of trafficking, regardless of whether there is a third party involved.

Someone may be experiencing sex trafficking if they:

  • Want to stop participating in commercial sex but feel scared or unable to leave the situation.
  • Disclose that they were reluctant to engage in commercial sex but that someone pressured them into it.
  • Live where they work or are transported by guards between home and workplace.
  • Are children who live with or are dependent on a family member with a substance use problem or who is abusive.
  • Have a “pimp” or “manager” in the commercial sex industry.
  • Work in an industry where it may be common to be pressured into performing sex acts for money, such as a strip club, illicit cantina, go-go bar, or illicit massage business.
  • Have a controlling parent, guardian, romantic partner, or “sponsor” who will not allow them to meet or speak with anyone alone or who monitors their movements, spending, or communications.

Source: National Human Trafficking Hotline - https://humantraffickinghotline.org/human-traffick...

Recognizing Labor Trafficking

Labor trafficking includes situations where men, women, and children are forced to work because of debt, immigration status, threats and violence. Keeping victims isolated — physically or emotionally — is a key method of control in most labor trafficking situations. But that does not mean you never cross paths with someone who is experiencing trafficking.

Someone may be experiencing labor trafficking or exploitation if they:

  • Feel pressured by their employer to stay in a job or situation they want to leave
  • Owe money to an employer or recruiter or are not being paid what they were promised or are owed
  • Do not have control of their passport or other identity documents
  • Are living and working in isolated conditions, largely cut off from interaction with others or support systems
  • Appear to be monitored by another person when talking or interacting with others
  • Are being threatened by their boss with deportation or other harm
  • Are working in dangerous conditions without proper safety gear, training, adequate breaks, or other protections
  • Are living in dangerous, overcrowded, or inhumane conditions provided by an employer

Project FIGHT serves all populations of human trafficking.

Our mission is to identify and serve victims and survivors of human trafficking in North & South Carolina.

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