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H.E.A.T. Watch – Stop Human Exploitation and Trafficking

Alameda County H.E.A.T. Watch Tip Line:
Office of the District Attorney, Alameda County
Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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What are the signs of a human trafficking victim?

There are many red flags a trafficking victim may display. By being aware and sensitive to the symptoms of this exploitation, you can help identify victims of human trafficking. Here are some common warning signs.

  • Unusual restrictions at work—including long and unusual hours
  • Fearful of law enforcement
  • Not in control of their own schedule or someone always speaks on their behalf
  • Seems confused—lost sense of time, lack of knowledge about their current whereabouts or even doesn't know what city they are in
  • Paid very little (or unpaid) or is working off a debt
  • Has very few (if any) personal possessions
  • Lacks access to healthcare—may seem malnourished
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Displays symptoms of depression
  • Fearful, anxious or paranoid
  • Lacks identification of any sort

If you know anyone who fits these descriptors, do not approach them as it will likely further endanger the victim and you. Instead, use this list of national and local resources for victims of trafficking and abuse to reach out to community enforcers.