Someone I Know Needs Help
Request help for someone you know or report suspected human trafficking
or Text HELP to: BeFree (233733)
If you know or suspect that someone in your community is a victim of human trafficking, you can help, but be careful. Observe the situation from a safe distance and let the victim approach you. This may seem like a slow process, but there are reasons for this suggestion. Most trafficking victims are being watched by their trafficker and approaching them directly could put you both in danger. Take action, but be safe.
Before you do anything, be sure to learn the signs of human trafficking. Report information to the authorities or a trusted source, but know what to look out for.
If someone you know is exhibiting any of the following behavior(s), don’t be afraid to step in and ask questions. But remember, observe first and then report.
- Unstable family life and at risk of being homeless or running away from home
- Severe family or personal issues like drug addiction, alcoholism, or abuse
- Signs of fear, anxiety, depression, tension, or nervousness
- Paranoid behavior
- Interest in relationships with older men or sketchy individuals
- Having clothes or items that are way more expensive than they can afford
- A “friend, employer, or family member” who seems overly-concerned with their whereabouts or is otherwise controlling
Be prepared to provide as much information about the situation as possible, such as:
Town, state, place within town (hotel, bus station, nail salon, etc.)
Date & Time
Of the incidents occurring
Indicate if you are 18 or under
Gender & Phone Number
Of other potential victims including you
Exploitation Occurring Online
The website/chat room/personal ad where you are listed
Of the abuse or exploitation
Below are ways you can empower your community to help themselves and others from human trafficking.
If you’re unsure if what you have witnessed or need to give a tip, call: 1-888-373-7888.
Click here to see a list of events where you can get involved.