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Protecting lives affected by Human Trafficking through prevention, education, advocacy, and empowerment.

Crawford County Human Trafficking Task Force

Definition of Human Trafficking

 Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud, or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will. Force, fraud, or coercion need not be present if the individual engaging in commercial sex is under 18 years of age.

Potential Indicators of Human Trafficking

Recognizing potential red flags and knowing the indicators of human trafficking is a key step in identifying more victims and helping them find the assistance they need. Not all indicators will be present in all situations. The type of trafficking and the content or environment are all important to consider.

The individual(s) in question:

  • live and/or work with high-security measures (e.g. opaque windows, boarded-up windows, bars on windows, security cameras, etc.)
  • 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, security cameras, etc.)
  • is living and working on-site

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 or immigration officials
  • shows signs of substance use or addiction

Poor Physical Health 

  • shows signs of poor hygiene, malnourishment, and/or fatigue
  • shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture

Lack of Control 

  • has few or no personal possessions
  • is frequently monitored
  • is not in control of their own money, bank account or financial records
  • is not in control of their 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)

This list is not exhaustive and represents only a selection of possible indicators. 

Source: https://polarisproject.org/sex-trafficking/


Perpetrators of human trafficking span all racial, ethnic and gender demographics and are as diverse as the victims themselves. They can include: 

    • business owners
    • members of a gang or network
    • parents or family members
    • intimate partners
    • farm or restaurant owners
    • corporate executives and government representatives

    Human trafficking can happen to anyone, but some individuals are more vulnerable than others. Significant risk factors include: 

    • recent migration or relocation
    • substance use or addiction
    • involvement in the child welfare system
    • runaway or homeless youth
    • prior abuse or violence
    • poverty

    Crawford County Human Trafficking Task Force

    The Crawford County Human Trafficking Task Force helps educate about various types of Human Trafficking, including Elder Trafficking, rural community awareness, online safety, what you can do, and school staff awareness.


    Our local team works closely with the Assistant State Attorney General on the operation of the Trafficking Ends Now (TENS) project. We work closely with the other counties in western Pennsylvania to bring awareness to all of our communities and interstates. For example, we are actively involved with the Turnpike Awareness & I79 Corridor Project

    The Crawford County Human Trafficking Task Force also presents symposiums for different business sectors, including beauty and barber shops and  healthcare professionals.

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