“I’VE SEEN SOMETHING THAT MAY BE SUSPICIOUS OF TRAFFICKING OR IS INAPPROPRIATE. HOW DO I REPORT IT?”
Please exercise good judgement when making a report. All tips are taken seriously, however, conspiracy-related reports from people with no direct knowledge of trafficking situations can overwhelm services meant for victims.
We are not a law enforcement body and cannot investigate trafficking leads. If you or someone you know is in danger, please contact local authorities immediately using all relevant channels of communication including: telephone, email, submissions via law enforcement websites, etc. Please leverage investigative bodies such as city police departments, county sheriff offices, state police and federal law enforcement including the FBI or HSI. Alternatively you can contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or visit their website at www.humantraffickinghotline.org to report a tip.
We have compiled a guide of helpful resources to report potential human trafficking and exploitation cases. Although we are not a reporting agency, if you have exhausted all methods as outlined here you may fill out the leads form included in this blog post.
There are physical, emotional, and behavioral signs of human trafficking to look for.
Some of these signs may include:
This is just a small list of many potential signs of human trafficking. Some signs and situations may be more nuanced, so trust your intuition and try to observe more of the story. Human trafficking can happen in any neighborhood, city, state, or country.
Take O.U.R.’s free online training for a more in-depth learning experience with videos, quizzes, and examples. It takes around 45 minutes – 1 hour to complete.
Asking the right questions will help you determine if the person you are interacting with is a victim of trafficking and in need of help.
Operation Underground Railroad does not provide emergency services. We cannot intervene or participate in investigations without an invitation from law enforcement. Here are the steps to take if you need to report a situation.
United States Resources
If you or another person are in immediate danger, please alert local authorities first.
Many social media platforms have in-app tools to report human trafficking and child exploitation. For example, here is Facebook’s page to report human trafficking. Other platform’s tools, if they exist, can be found in their help centers.
Every U.S. state has an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Most states have a contact email to report online child exploitation. If your state has a reporting form or email provided, you can report your information there. Check out the list here.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has a CyberTipline to report anything to do with child exploitation or abuse. Information entered into this report will be made available to law enforcement for possible investigation.
If you have seen child sexual abuse material and you live abroad, you can use this search tool to find your country’s reporting form or hotline.
Lastly, you can also report using the O.U.R. Leads Form. We will be in touch should our law enforcement contacts need more information. We do not work independently of law enforcement. Our law enforcement contacts will be the first entity that receives these leads to avoid bifurcation of efforts. http://bit.ly/2J5iNs2