Unfortunately, municipal and county governments, businesses, employers and the community are not aware that most states have existing laws requiring the posting of human trafficking information, informing employers/employees and others to report knowledge or suspected human trafficking activity. The information should include the state and/or hotline number for victims who may be trafficked.   

To be in compliance with both STATE and FEDERALLAWS regarding human trafficking, posters should at a minimum be placed in the following locations:

Rail and Bus stations 
Truck Stops
Emergency Rooms & Urgent Care Centers
Farm Labor Contractors and Recruitment Centers 
Restaurants with licenses to serve alcohol
Adult Entertainment venues
​Massage Parlors and Spas

​These notices must be posted in a prominent location near a public entrance or in a location where similar notices are posted.  Please check with your state to ensure businesses and locations are in compliance

Notice must be printed in English, Spanish and any other language that is the most widely spoken language in the county where the establishment is located and for which translation is mandated by the Federal Voting Rights Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1973 et seq.)

Please check with your STATE to find out what the law says about persons and professionals disciplines who are MANDATORY REPORTERS for suspected child abuse and have a duty to report and intervene in these cases including those who may be victims of sex and labor trafficking.

Mandatory Reporters are usually:

  • Medical and Mental Health professionals
  • Educators - at all levels
  • Members of Law Enforcement
  • Social Workers and Counselors
  • Clergy

This list is not a complete list but check with your particular state. 

What you need to look for: 

This is an issue that affects women, girls, boys and men so ANYONE can be a victim!! 

  • A person who seems to be unaware of where they are – they may not be from this area but have been transported here.
  • A person who seems to be fearful of the person they are with.
  • A person who is working in an establishment and appears to be too young.
  • A person who is working in an establishment and appears to be ill, malnourished, mistreated, fearful.
  • A person who appears to be homeless and says they will do anything for money, shelter or food.
  • Suspicious vehicles in your neighborhoods.
  • Monitor your child’s access to the internet because traffickers don’t need to snatch children from the streets when they can be lured out of the front door.
  • Tell kids that they don’t need to keep secrets if one of their friends is engaged in activity that is not good or health or unsafe, they need to tell. 
  • A person who has informed you that they have runaway, been put out of their home and have nowhere to go.
  • A person who is working for less than the minimum wage in their particular state or working more hours than allowed by law if a minor.
  • A person who should but does NOT have ANY identification on their persons or have easy access to those documents
  • A person who accompanies someone to a medical appointment and is not their parent, guardian or won't allow them to speak for themselves.

These are not all of the red flags but just a few that might assist in saving a person's life. 

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This information was developed by Sunny Slaughter Consulting 

Sunny Slaughter Consulting, LLC


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