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Signs to look for

Organizations that work to end human trafficking have identified a number of signs that may point to human trafficking:

  • New partner (may be abusive)
  • Unexplained money, getting things they cannot afford including clothes, hair, nails
  • New brand name clothes 
  • Nails, hair, lashes consistently done (not consistent with previous actions)
  • Hotel pens, receipts, etc.
  • Creates distance or mistrust of others; isolates you from family & friends
  • Creates dependency on him / her
  • Asks you to do things outside your comfort zone
  • May introduce drugs/ alcohol
  • Exposure to sex, sexting, porn, strip clubs
  • Holds on to your ID or arranges fake ID
  • Says you working as an escort is for a better future for "both" of you 
  • Becomes abusive (verbal, psychological, physical)
  • Drops usual friends for a new group
  • Skips school, has a significant drop in grades
  • becomes a night person, stays out late, is Unable to sleep at night or sleeps excessively during the day
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Helpful Resources

5 Things to know about human trafficking
5 Things to know about Human Trafficking in Durham Region

This informative 12-page booklet will give you good insight as to how Human Trafficking occurs in Durham Region along with 5 ways to ignite change to combat Human Trafficking.

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Victim Services of Durham Region
Human Trafficking: Parents & Prevention

Victim Services of Durham Region know that caregivers’ attention, love, and awareness is the biggest defence against Human Trafficking. This simple 2-page flyer is full of tips, signs to look for and detailed information on how to intervene when speaking to children about sensitive topics.

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There is hope!

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