Below are some visible signs that may be used to help identify victims of human trafficking and questions that could be asked in order for law enforcement, medical personnel, school and shelter personnel, and even the general public to identify victims of human trafficking and hopefully save lives.
These signs are by no means a complete list and only a starting place:
Unusual absences from school and running away from home.
References about travel to other cities.
Withdrawn behavior and fear.
Much much older boyfriend/friends.
Lacking control over his/her own schedule and lack of identification.
Signs of drug addiction.
Sudden changes in clothing or other items like expensive electronics.
Hungry malnourished, dressed in the wrong clothing for the surroundings or weather.
Talks about sexual situations that are much too 'old' for their age, references street terms for trafficking such as 'the life' 'the track'.
Previously untreated medical conditions like broken bones, bruises and cuts.
Branding by burning/cutting or tattoos, signs of torture cuts and scarring.
I always say listen to your heart, if you feel somethings wrong it most likely is. So above all listen, learn to listen well not only ask questions, I have listed some questions you can ask below, of course they are not the only ones to ask only a starting point:
Why aren't you speaking for yourself? Who is the person with you here?
What work are you doing? Are you being paid? How are you being paid? Where is the money you are being paid?
Can you leave your job? Are you being held against your will?
Are you being threatened?
Where do you live?
Do you have identification? If not, why?
Why are you so nervous? What are you afraid of? Who are you afraid of?
As I mentioned before, these questions and signs are only a staring point a place where you can start a conversation. A point where if you really listen and if you notice something is 'off' you can act, and make a difference in a life and maybe even save one. Good luck and I hope you found this helpful and you make a difference.