What Should I Do If I Suspect Trafficking is Taking Place?

Never confront a suspected trafficker or victim directly. You put yourself and the victim at risk. There are many agencies equipped to rescue victims and place them on the path to recovery.

Contact local law enforcement directly or report suspected human trafficking activity to federal law enforcement (available 24/7, in over 300 languages and dialects at):

  • Call 1-866-347-2423 (toll-free)
  • Call 1-802-872-6199 (non-toll-free international)
  • Report online at www.ice.gov/tips

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for investigating human trafficking, arresting traffickers and protecting victims. DHS initiates hundreds of investigations and makes numerous arrests every year, using a victim-centered approach. DHS also processes immigration relief through Continued Presence (CP), T visas and U visas to victims of human trafficking and other designated crimes.

Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-373-7888 to get help or connect with a service provider in your area. The NHTRC is not a law enforcement or immigration authority and is operated by a nongovernmental organization.

By identifying those at risk, and reporting possible incidents of human trafficking, you might save a life. These agencies are experienced in connecting survivors to medical and mental health care, shelter, job training and legal assistance.

Be aware. Alert authorities to suspicious behavior. Be part of restoring freedom and dignity to survivors’ lives.