This is a list of signs or “red flags” that might indicate that labor trafficking is occurring.

  • Worker is not free to leave premises.
  • Worker lives at the business.
  • Worker is transported to the location by the owner or manager and all workers arrive and leave at the same time.
  • Worker has excessively long and/or unusual hours or is always available on demand.
  • Worker owes a large debt that is continually increasing and cannot be paid off.
  • Workplace has high security features such as opaque windows, bars, locks outside doors.
  • Worker seems to be deferring to another person before giving information, avoids eye contact, or isn’t allowed to speak.
  • Goods or services are priced below general market rates.
  • Someone else controls the worker’s identification documents and finances.

Red Flags for Labor Trafficking Poster