Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against his/her will. Human trafficking affects individuals across the world, including here in the United States and is commonly regarded as one of the most pressing human rights issues of our time. Human trafficking affects every community in the United States across age, gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Never confront a suspected trafficker or victim directly. You could be putting yours and the victim’s safety at serious risk. Contact local law enforcement

When You Should Call

If you are a victim of human trafficking or if you suspect someone you know is a victim of human trafficking and/or is exhibiting any of the following warning signs, the Arkansas Crisis Center is here for you to provide emotional support and resources in your area. If someone is in immediate danger or you are unable to connect, please dial 9-1-1.

Warning signs:

  • Appearing malnourished
  • Showing signs of physical injuries and abuse
  • Avoiding eye contact, social interaction and authority figures/law enforcement
  • Seeming to adhere to scripted or rehearsed responses in social interaction
  • Lacking official identification documents
  • Appearing destitute/lacking personal possessions
  • Working excessively long hours
  • Living at place of employment
  • Checking into hotels/motels with older males and referring to those males as boyfriends or “daddy”
  • Poor physical or dental health
  • Tattoos/branding on the neck and/or lower back
  • Untreated sexually transmitted diseases
  • Small children serving in family restaurant
  • Security measures seem to keep people inside establishment- barbed wire inside of a fence, bars covering the insides of windows
  • Not allowing people to go into public alone or speak for themselves