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Help stop human trafficking

What Uber is doing

  • Joining forces

    We partner with leading organizations such as ECPAT-USA, the McCain Institute, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Polaris, Thorn, and Truckers Against Trafficking to mobilize communities, raise awareness, and advocate for policy and legislation.

  • Pledging our commitment

    Our commitment to combating human trafficking led us in 2016 to sign ECPAT’s The Code, an industry-driven set of guidelines focused on helping travel and tourism companies prevent sexual exploitation and trafficking of children.

  • Informing our network

    With the guidance of ECPAT-USA, Uber users around the world have been learning how to spot the signs of human trafficking and what to do when they suspect someone is in a potentially dangerous situation.

Tips for identifying human trafficking

Human trafficking is the use of force, fraud, or coercion to exploit someone for forced labor or commercial sex acts for profit. Children under the age of 18 engaged in commercial sex acts are victims of human trafficking -- regardless if force, fraud, or coercion exists. There’s no one face of human trafficking—victims and traffickers come from all backgrounds. Here are indicators suggested by our partner ECPAT-USA to spot human trafficking.

It’s important to note that indicators often overlap and that encountering any one of them isn’t necessarily proof of human trafficking.

  • Emotional abuse and distress

    It might be a sign of human trafficking if a person seems disoriented, lost, and/or fearful of their situation. Or if a person acts controlling over another person, who is often unable to move and/or speak freely. Potential victims, especially younger riders, may share that they don’t know what town or city they’re in.

  • Physical abuse and neglect

    Bruises, cuts, burns, or other injuries at various stages of healing could be a sign of human trafficking. The person may appear to have been denied food, water, sleep, adequate clothing, or medical care or given food or water based on conditions they must meet. You may also witness a violent act.

  • Exerting power over the potential victim

    Look for signs of a controlling interaction. It could be a gesture or look from the potential trafficker that provokes fear. It could also be the use of force, or a person being guided by the arm, shoved into a car, or delivered to another person who then escorts the potential victim to a different location or vehicle.

  • People who are scared or hiding

    An individual at a residence or a business who appears to be concealing the presence of other people could be a potential trafficker.

  • Travel and Transit Considerations

    Human trafficking commonly occurs at hotels and major transportation hubs, such as airports, train and bus stations, and truck stops. Potential victims may seem anxious about arriving at or departing from a destination and/or have minimal luggage if traveling.

  • Kids at unsafe locations

    Pickups and dropoffs occurring at places that seem generally unsafe for children or vulnerable individuals, including children who are homeless or who have run away, LGBTQ+ youth, and minors in the foster care system, could be at increased risk for human trafficking.

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