Is the exploitation of a person through labor, services, or a commercial sex act by force, fraud, or coercion

For a more detailed definition, see the NH Trafficking in Persons Law and the Federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

Indicators of 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

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Links to resources:

Get Help or Report a Tip to Law Enforcement:

  • Case Managers at Waypoint (can assist statewide) | (603)-518-4000 or 603-851-7518

  • Eric Tracy, Task Force Officer (can assist statewide) | (603) 629-2709

  • Mike Posanka, Homeland Security Investigations | (617) 459-9001

  • Sara Hennessey, NH State Police | (603) 223-3856

  • Polaris, National Hotline for TIPS and Help (not Law Enforcement) | (888) 373-7888 /

  • DCYF – child protection (Mandated Reporting in NH) | (800) 894-5533 or (603) 271-6562

  • NH Crisis Centers Hotline (statewide network) | (800) 277-5570 / (866) 644-3574