If you suspect a case of human trafficking of any kind, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-373-7888.  You can also text the hotline: SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”).

The NHTRC functions as a 24/7 national confidential crisis and tip line, referral and response network.

All communications are confidential unless you decide you want to provide your name or the situation is life-threatening to you or others.


  • Record the NHTRC Hotline number in your phone as a contact:  1-888-373-7888
  • Memorize the NHTRC Hotline number: 1-888-373-7888
    • An easy way to remember the number is breaking up the number: 1-888-3737-888 (begins and ends with 888 with 3737 in the middle).


  • Human trafficking (also referred to as trafficking in persons (TIP) or modern-day slavery) is the trade of human beings through force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of exploitation for labor, sexual purposes, or organs.
  • Human trafficking is a crime under federal and international law.
  • Human trafficking has been reported in all fifty states.
  • The definition of human trafficking involves sex trafficking, labor trafficking, and organ trafficking. Within these categories, there are multiple sub-types of trafficking, including but not limited to:
    Familial trafficking A family member sells another for profit.  Often this looks like an older family member or trusted friend coercing or forcing a child into trafficking, possibility to pay for necessities or support addiction.
    Survival trafficking Taking advantage of another person, based on their need to survive, and selling that person for profit (runaway, homeless, foster, and orphaned youth are at risk).
    Gang-controlled trafficking, Increased in recent years, which involves pressuring someone to join or work with the gang to earn money for the benefit of the gang via sale of his or her body or exploiting others.
    Pimp-controlled trafficking A sex-trafficker (“pimp”) forces victims to engage in prostitution for the pimp’s profit.  Pimps lure and control their victims through manipulation, threat, coercion, and abuse.  Pimp culture has been glamorized in pop culture.
    Domestic trafficking or domestic involuntary servitude Victims are forced to labor in households or nonprofessional workplaces, usually without the ability to leave.
    Forced marriage Differing from an arranged marriage, forced marriage victims are forced to comply often by threat of violence or harm.  Further domestic trafficking and sex trafficking within these marriages is not uncommon.
    Debt bondage, also called bonded labor A person’s debt is exploited by the lender by enslaving the debtor.  The trafficker often makes it impossible to pay off the debt.
  • Keep in mind that depending on the type of situation, the signs to look for may be different.  Even if you are suspicious of a situation, it’s always important to report the instance to the NHTRC.

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