Travelers Need to Be Aware of Signs of Sex Trafficking

ECPAT – End Child Prostitution and Trafficking – lists the following of signs of sex trafficking that should be reported to hotel management and law enforcement.

A trafficker may:
• Pay in cash one day at a time
• Escort various men into his room and linger or watch the door until they leave
• Remove himself from operations by having adult females request rooms or pay the bills
• Be seen with a group of women (a stable)
• Not leave the victim alone
• Control all or most of the money and identification

Trafficking/victim interaction could include:
• Victim refers to trafficker as “Daddy”
• Trafficker uses derogatory slang
• Trafficker has openly threatens or physically assaults the victim
• Trafficker has inconsistencies in his stories
• Trafficker orders adjacent rooms
• Trafficker keeps late or unusual hours

Behaviors of a pimp:
• Speaks for the victim
• Pays in cash
• Requests rooms with access to exits
• Is seen with many young women, who exhibit signs of trafficking
• Uses inappropriate nicknames with the victim
• Waits while other men frequent the room
• Is distrustful of security personnel
• Does not let victim move freely on the property Behaviors of a victim:
• Little or no luggage or clothing
• Seems disoriented
• Does not speak freely
• Dresses inappropriately for their age or the weather
• Uses inappropriate sexual language for their age
• Is seen with many older men
• Wears clothing that is revealing or consists primarily of undergarments

Words to listen for:
• The Life
• The Game
• Bottom B****
• Bottom Girl
• Daddy
• John
• Track
• Turnout
• Square
• Trick

By watching for and reporting these warning signs everyone can help identify and prevent sex trafficking.

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