Victims of human trafficking in the United States are entitled to protection and assistance, regardless of their immigration status.
What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is the use of force, fraud or coercion to compel a person into any form of work or service against their will.
Human trafficking can occur in any industry, including agriculture, construction, domestic service (housekeeper, nanny), restaurants, salons, commercial sex work, massage parlors, and small businesses. With awareness, you can help to identify and report cases of human trafficking.
Signs of Human Trafficking
- Abusive employment situation
- One person controlling another or a group (speaking for them; escorting them to/from work)
- Employer in control of employee’s identification/immigration documents
- People locked inside a residence or workplace
- Someone unable to leave a particular job (forced to work there)
- Threats to employee or employee’s family by employer
- “Debt” owed by employee to employer
- Employee living in employer-owned or controlled residence
If you suspect human trafficking and would like to make a tip, please call 1-888-373-7888.
If you or someone you know is a victim of trafficking, WARN can help! WARN provides free and confidential services to any victim of trafficking in Washington State. For more information, go to our services page or call 206-245-0782.