End human

Learn the warning signs so that you can
help identify and save a potential victim.

End human

Learn the warning signs so that you can
help identify and save a potential victim.

Why is this important to our communities?

Recognizing victims
of human trafficking

Human trafficking is the use of force, fraud, or coercion to exploit someone for labor or commercial sex. Any person exploited for commercial sex is a victim of human trafficking. Victims can include adults, girls, boys, and LGBTQ youth. These victims often do not see themselves as victims and may resist offers of help. Does something seem off? Use the indicators below to help identify potential victims.

  • The person displays uncharacteristically promiscuous behavior or clothing for the victim’s age or they are inadequately dressed for the situation/work they do. They are often preoccupied with “getting money.”
  • The person is accompanied by another person who seems controlling. Victims may avoid answering questions or look to the person accompanying them before answering direct questions.
  • A youth is accompanied by a non-related adult, and there is discussion of the local sex scene and/or use of terminology like “the game,” “the life,” “daddy,” and “date/trick.”
  • The person has bruises in various stages of healing caused by physical abuse.
  • The person is fearful, timid, or submissive.
  • The person shows signs of having been denied food, water, sleep, or medical care.
  • The person has tattoos or other forms of branding.

  • The person requests to be taken to a hotel or multiple hotels, often for regular periods of time (one-hour intervals).

  • Thank you for taking the time to learn about the indicators in order to help stop human trafficking.

How to report human trafficking

Watch and read one driver-partner’s story

Keith is an Uber partner in California whose awareness and quick thinking during a ride helped him save a 16-year-old girl from sex trafficking.

Read his full story

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Additional resources

Statistics and referenced information were sourced through ECPAT-USA, The McCain Institute, The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Polaris, and all information was validated by The McCain Institute.

Uber is committed to safety in the communities we serve and we want to do our part to help put an end to the transportation of trafficked children. By partnering with organizations like ECPAT-USA, The McCain Institute, NCMEC, and Polaris, we are taking steps to promote awareness and educate everyone who signs up to drive about this important issue.