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Hotlines for Human Trafficking:

If you have seen, are experiencing, or have experienced human trafficking, these resources can help:

National human trafficking hotline:

24/7 Toll Free Hotline: 1-888-373-7888

Text Hotline: 233733

Online Chat Hotline: 

Iowa Victim Service Call Center:

24/7 Helpline: 1-800-770-1650

Text Helpline: ‘iowahelp’ to 20121

National human trafficking hotline:

Polaris Project’s National Human Trafficking Hotline is a national, anti-trafficking resource serving victims and survivors of human trafficking.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline provides assistance to victims in crisis through safety planning, emotional support and/or immediate connections to emergency services through their network of trained service providers and law enforcement partners.

Please note, the National Human Trafficking Hotline is not a direct service provider, law enforcement, or investigative agency. For more information go to

Iowa human trafficking hotline:

The Iowa Victim Service Call Center is a resource for victims and survivors of crime in Iowa. They receive calls about many crimes including human trafficking.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing human trafficking or another crime in Iowa, this resource can help. Again, the Iowa Victim Service Call Center is not a direct service provider, law enforcement or investigative agency. For more information go to

Call 911 if you’re in immediate danger!

What is Sex Trafficking?

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and its subsequent reauthorizations define human trafficking as:

a) Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or

b) The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. (22 U.S.C. § 7102(9)).

Warning Signs of a Victim:

  • Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid

  • Avoids eye contact

  • Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or of what city he/she is in

  • Appears malnourished

  • Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture

  • Shows signs of substance abuse or addiction

  • Is not in control of his/her own identification documents (ID or passport)

  • Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves

  • Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes

  • Carries more than one cell phone

  • Makes references to frequent travel to other cities or towns

  • Shows signs of drug addiction and/or physical abuse

  • Has coached/rehearsed responses to questions


If you see something, say something.