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An officer responded to a report that commercial sex was occurring at a residential building, and recognized many potential trafficking indicators.

An officer responded to a report that commercial sex was occurring at a residential building. The officer had attended a training conducted by a local anti-trafficking organization, and recognized many potential trafficking indicators. Multiple people at the house were arrested, some of whom the officer suspected were controllers and one who the officer believed was a sex trafficking victim. Due to language issues, the officer was not able to speak with the woman, who was originally from Panama. The officer contacted the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline to report the situation and seek resources for the potential victim. The NHTRC connected with a local Spanish-speaking service provider who served as a victim advocate. The NHTRC also reported the situation to a specialized human trafficking task force, that was able to connect with the officer to address the investigative side of the case and provide technical assistance.


NB: These vignettes are representative of the types of calls received by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline. Names, identifying information, and case details have been changed to respect confidentiality and protect the individuals we serve.



 
 
 
 
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