Warning Signs

what to look for - what to do

The following are potential signs or behaviors that may indicate a person is being trafficked.
Be sensitive to the situation, yet responsive…they may need your help!

  • Overly tired in school or workplace
  • Unexplained absences from school or workplace
  • Less appropriately dressed then before
  • Withdrawn, depressed or distracted
  • Detached or suddenly isolated from family and friends
  • Talks about making a lot of money
  • Noticeable change in wardrobe, jewelry, cosmetics without explainable source of income
  • Signs of physical or sexual abuse which may include bruises and burn marks
  • Appears fearful, anxious, depressed, overly submissive, avoids eye contact
  • Avoiding eye contact or social interactions
  • Is excessively monitored or controlled by another individual
  • Sudden relationship of an older boyfriend
  • Extremely limited income, yet lives with older opposite sex non-family member (survival sex)
  • Unable to answer questions about schedules or living/work conditions
  • Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story, personal information
  • May not possess driver’s license or appropriate identification
  • Abuse of alcohol, drugs, begging for money
  • Frequently visiting dating services, escort sites or creating ads online
  • Frequently checking into hotels and motels
  • Possess multiple hotel key cards, cell phones, excessive gift cards or money
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concerned for yourself or someone you know?

If your concern is an emergency
Call 911 or your local law enforcement. Lincoln, Nebraska area

If this is NOT an emergency and is about YOU or someone you know in the Lincoln area contact us.

If this is NOT an emergency, you live outside the Lincoln, Nebraska area, contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at

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