How You Can help: Tips for recognising victims of sex trafficking

Tip 1: Sex trafficking victims are often found on the streets or working in establishments that offer commercialised sex acts, i.e. brothels, strip clubs, pornography production houses.

Such establishments may operate under the guise of:

  • Massage parlours
  • Escort services
  • Adult bookstores
  • Modelling studios
  • Bars/strips clubs

Tip 2: Visible indicators of sexual exploitation

  • Heavy security at the commercial establishment including barred windows, locked doors, isolated location, electronic surveillance. Women are never seen leaving the premises unless escorted
  • Victims live and sleep at the same premises as the brothel or work site. If they are in transit to location or in between quarters it is usually under a watchful eyes and wings of a guard.
  • Signs of substance abuse or misuse
  • High foot traffic especially for brothels where there may be trafficked women indicated often by large streams of men arriving and leaving the premises.

Tip 3: Profile of a Trafficking Victim

signs of trafficking


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