- FLORIDA Ranks #3 in the Nation for Suspected Cases of Human Trafficking
- PALM BEACH COUNTY Ranks #3 in Florida for Suspected Cases of Human Trafficking
- $150 Billion Dollar Industry World Wide
- Estimated 20.9 million victims of Human Trafficking World Wide
- 68% trapped in Forced Labor
- 26% are Children
- 55% are Female
- Estimated 400,00-650,000 Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States
- Majority of Victims are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents
- 13 is the Average Age of U.S. Children Forced into Sex Trafficking
- 1 in 5 Runaways Report Being Forced into Sex Trafficking
*Data obtained from: International Labor Organization Global Estimate of Forced Labor, Polaris, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, United States Department of State, and United States Trafficking in Persons Reports
- Is the person free to leave, come and go as they wish?
- Is the person unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips?
- Does the person work excessively long and/or unusual hours?
- Is the person not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work?
- Does the person owe a large debt and is unable to pay it off?
- Was the person recruited under false promises concerning the nature and conditions of their work?
- Does the person live at their place of employment?
- Does the person live with multiple people in a cramped space?
- Is the person in the commercial sex industry and do they have a pimp/manager?
- Is the person under the age of 18 and providing commercial sex acts?
- Does the person appear overly anxious, fearful, paranoid?
- Does the person avoid eye contact?
- Does the person appear depressed, hopeless, exhibit self-destructive behaviors?
- Does the person appear to suffer from substance abuse disorders or post-traumatic stress?
- Is the person malnourished, exhibit untreated wounds, have older broken bones?
- Does the person have burn marks, bite marks, or branding tattoos?
- Is the person in control or possession of their personal identification, travel documents, money, financial records, bank account?
- Does the person have few or no personal possessions?
- Does the person have a lack of knowledge of their whereabouts and/or a loss of sense of time?
- Does the person have numerous inconsistencies in his/her story?
- If a minor, is the person enrolled in school?
To report a suspected case of Human Trafficking please contact:
National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC)
1 (888) 373-7888
BeFree Textline Text to:
In the event of an emergency situation which requires immediate attention, contact 911
To request information or training from our local Task Force please contact:
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Human Trafficking Unit at 561-687-6838
For more information regarding Task Force victim services or to make a victim services referral, directly, please contact:
Catholic Charities Anti-Trafficking Program
Program Administrator, Christina Silvestri
Contact Phone: (561) 701-4360
Catholic Charities’ Local Hotline
(561) 598-9848 (for immediate referral only)