Tennessee Human Trafficking Hotline
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Tennessee Human Trafficking Hotline

Know the Signs

If someone you know exhibits any of these signs, please, call the Tennessee Human Trafficking Hotline. No concern is too small. 

1-855-55-TNHTH (1-855-558-6484) 

  • Does the person appear disconnected from family, friends, community organizations, or houses of worship?
  • Has a child stopped attending school?
  • Significantly older boyfriend
  • Signs of trauma (physical or other)
  • Travel with older male (not guardian)
  • Chronic runaway
  • Multiple delinquent charges
  • Homelessness
  • Special marked tattoos
  • Substance abuse
  • Has the person had a sudden or dramatic change in behavior?
  • Is a juvenile engaged in commercial sex acts?
  • Is the person disoriented or confused, or showing signs of mental or physical abuse?
  • Does the person have bruises in various stages of healing?
  • Is the person fearful, timid, or submissive?
  • Does the person show signs of having been denied food, water, sleep, or medical care?
  • Is the person often in the company of someone to whom he or she defers? Or someone who seems to be in control of the situation, e.g., where they go or who they talk to?
  • Does the person appear to be coached on what to say?
  • Is the person living in unsuitable conditions?
  • Does the person lack personal possessions and appear not to have a stable living situation?
  • Does the person have freedom of movement? Can the person freely leave where they live? Are there unreasonable security measures?
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