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Common Work and Living Conditions

  • Not free to leave or come and go as they wish
  • Under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts
  • Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp or a manager
  • Is unpaid, paid very little or paid only through tips
  • Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
  • Is not allowed breaks and/or suffers under unusual restrictions at work
  • Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off
  • Was recruited through false promises concerning the kind of work they would be doing
  • High security measures exist at work and/or living locations (windows boarded, opaque windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras)

Poor Mental Health And Abnormal Behavior

  • Is fearful,anxious,depressed,submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
  • Exhibits fearful or anxious behavior bringing up law enforcement
  • Avoids eye contact

Poor Physical Health

  • Lacks healthcare
  • Appears malnourished
  • Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture

Lack of Control

  • Has few or no personal possessions
  • Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records, or bank account
  • Is not in control of his/her own identification documents (ID or passport)
  • Is not allowed to speak for themselves( a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)


  • Claims of just visiting and inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address
  • Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or do not know what city he/she is in
  • Loss of sense of time
  • Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story

This is only a selection of indicators from the Polaris Project website- Recognize the