Learn how to recognize if someone is being groomed, or is being trafficked.

Signs for caregivers to look for can include the following:

  • Spending an extreme amount of time on the Internet
  • Hiding their screen when someone enters the room
  • Appearing scared, secretive, or agitated when answering a cell phone
  • Vague talk of a new friend, but offering no further information
  • An older boyfriend/girlfriend
  • Being secretive about their boyfriend/girlfriend 
  • The boyfriend or girlfriend seems ‘controlling’ of the youths’ decisions 
  • New things they can’t afford (ex. new bag, hair styles, manicures/pedicures, clothes)
  • No longer seeing previous friends 
  • Unable to give answers about where they go, or what they are doing
  • Their story does not add up
  • Skipping school or running away 
  • Appears to have low self esteem 
  • Experimenting with risky sexual behaviors or drugs
  • Using substances such as alcohol, or drugs to cope and/or is coping with psychological disorders, sexually transmitted diseases, or chronic illnesses
  • Carries multiple hotel key cards
  • Has a tattoo with a name that is not their own
  • Taking sexual photos for unknown purposes

*Refer to Victim Services Durham Region https://victimservicesdurham.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/VSDR-ParentsPrev-Handout.pdf website on how to talk to your child about sensitive topics, and for more information. If you believe someone is in danger call your local police to report suspected human trafficking.