Human Trafficking of Children in the United States

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools

This fact sheet describes the nature and extent of the trafficking of children and youth in the United States, and documents its effect on public schools. It includes information and resources for teachers and other youth workers on how to identify young victims of human trafficking, including:

• An inability to attend school on a regular basis.

• Chronically running away from home.

• References to travel in other cities.

• The presence of bruises or other physical trauma, withdrawn behavior, depression or fear.

• Lack of control over her or his schedule or identification documents.

• Malnourishment or inappropriate clothing.

• Signs of drug addiction.

Suspected trafficking crimes can be reported to the toll-free Human Trafficking Resource Center at (888) 373-7888. Free. 2 pages. (877) 433-7827,


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