How to Report Human Trafficking &
If an emergency, always call 911.
National Human Trafficking Hotline
Call for Help
Call: 1 (888) 373-7888
Text for Help
Text: BeFree to 233733
It is important to refrain from intervening physically. Please let authorities and officials handle the situation after you have reported.
This is confidential and is available 24/7
Report a Missing or Exploited Child
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization. NCMEC works with families, victims, private industry, law enforcement, and the public to assist with preventing child abductions, recovering missing children, and providing services to deter and combat child sexual exploitation.
Call: 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)
Report Child Abuse
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotlineis dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the U.S. and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who—through interpreters—provide assistance in over 170 languages.
Sextortion takes on different forms, but at its core, it is the threat to expose sexual images in order to make a person do something. These threats come from both strangers met online and once intimate romantic partners attempting to harass, embarrass, and control victims.
Addressing Thoughts of Suicide
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a United States-based suicide prevention network of 161 crisis centers that provides a 24/7, toll-free hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
Screening Tools for Professionals
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Source: WestCoast Children's Clinic
Description: This guide provides recommendations for implementing the Commercial Sexual Exploitation–Identification Tool (CSE-IT) to improve early identification of commercially sexually exploited children. The CSE-IT is an evidence-based screening tool designed for use in multiple child-serving systems, including child welfare, juvenile justice, schools, residential, mental health, medical, and homeless services. The CSE-IT is used as part of a universal screening approach to systematically identify the presence of indicators of child sex trafficking. All youth ages 10 and over should be screened, regardless of gender, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, residence, health, socioeconomic status, appearance, or behavior. Organization leaders should develop a protocol to provide clear guidance to staff on how to conduct screening and respond to youth who have indicators of trafficking, and what documentation and reporting are required. Ultimately, screening helps agencies and systems identify youth earlier, and provides data that allows them to target resources to prevent prolonged exposure to exploitation.
For more information about this guide or the Commercial Sexual Exploitation-Identification Tool, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Polaris Project
Description: The following document contains questions that can be used to assess a client for potential signs that she/he has been a victim of human trafficking. The suggestions and indicators below are not exhaustive or cumulative in nature and each question taken alone may not indicate a potential trafficking situation. Assessment questions should be tailored to your program and client’s specific needs
Source: Adapted from Center for the Human Rights for Children, Loyola
University Chicago & International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA)
Description: One-page screening tool for children at risk or suspected to be victims of trafficking
Source: Informed by Shared Hope International (2010) Intervene Practioner
Guide and Intake Tool (TVIT). The Polaris Project and the Covenant House
Description: This guide is designed to help child welfare and delinquency professionals screen for possible youth victims of human trafficking.