Can’t Be Bought

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“All trafficking victims share one essential experience: the loss of freedom.” – Polaris Project

We can’t imagine living a life without freedom. Our community of OH Advocates chose to support the fight to stop Human Trafficking throughout the month of January (which happens to be Human Trafficking awareness month as well). We designed a tee, shared our stories, promoted the cause, and helped spread ways to for other humans to join in on the cause. It was, yet again, another success—a small step in the right direction. We continue to use our voices for good.We know that the battle continues long after our monthly campaign comes to a close, but we hope that any human who feels called to continue supporting this cause will continue to do so. Human trafficking happens every single day of our lives. 

According to Polaris, any time there’s a large gathering of humans—human trafficking could be happening. Super Bowl Sunday is next week and happens to be one of those large gatherings. With that said, we wanted to pass along some red flags put together by Polaris that might help you recognize human trafficking: 

Common Work and Living Conditions: The individual(s) in question

  • Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
  • Is under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts
  • Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp / manager
  • Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
  • Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
  • Is not allowed breaks 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 nature and conditions of his/her work
  • High security measures exist in the work and/or living locations (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)

Poor Mental Health or Abnormal Behavior

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

Poor Physical Health

  • Lacks health care
  • 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 or able 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

Thanks again to anyone and everyone who used their voice to free humans who have lost the control of their lives due to human trafficking. Let’s continue to fight the good fight and let the world know we can’t be bought! 


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